JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (May 6, 2022) Proving that music transcends language barriers, musicians from the U.S. and Japanese navies practiced in Hawaii this week to prepare to perform for audiences in Vietnam and Palau this summer during the annual Pacific Partnership, a multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness mission, now in its 17th year.
Musicians assigned to Commander, the popular U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, Pipeline, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, Tokyo will provide musical support for official functions, community outreach performances, and community outreach initiatives. Navy recruitment throughout the Indo-Pacific region during Partnership Pacific 2022.
“We are deploying as part of the Pacific Partnership to strengthen our relationship in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Musician 2nd Class David Irving, of Rockville, Maryland. “Part of that effort is to join forces with as many other partner nations as we can.”
Musicians 2nd Class Yukari Miyake and Yushi Wakai, both assigned to JMSDF Band, Tokyo, will meet with the band from COMPACFLT in Vietnam and Palau to perform for local communities during Pacific Partnership 2022. To prepare for their performances, Miyake and Wakai flew to Hawaii for a week of rehearsals.
“It’s my first time playing with a foreign country band, and it’s my first time playing this style of music,” said Wakai, guitarist of JMSDF Band, Tokyo. “It’s very different between Japan and here, but it’s a lot of fun.”
The performance will mainly feature American rock songs with traditional Japanese music woven throughout.
“Their [COMPACFLT Band] the songs are very powerful and have different beats from Japan, so it’s really fun to collaborate with them,” Miyake said.
With cultural and linguistic differences, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Major Akihiro Iba, Japan Joint Staff Training Officer, suggested to the COMPACFLT group that each side send songs to the other for help familiarity and maintain the musical styles of their culture.
“The goal for this week is to prepare all 13 songs and, at the end of the week, to go through all 13 as if it were a performance,” said Musician 1st Class Matthew Kinnaman, the chief petty officer of the deployment. “That way, when we go on deployment and play our first show in June, we’ll be ready.”
By performing in these countries, Wakai believes their performances will do more than just entertain guests.
“I think music has the power to move the heart,” Wakai said. “They are different countries, but the music touches the heart in the same way.”
After a week of rehearsals, Miyake and Wakai will return to Japan until the groups reunite in mid-summer and play together in Vietnam. Once their performances are over, they will go their separate ways, but the importance and impact of the partnership will remain.
“Japan and the United States have a long history of cooperation and working as allies,” Kinnaman said. “Stationed in Yokosuka, I was able to work with musicians from the JMSDF, and master Miyake sang at a concert I attended.”
Kinnaman went on to add that continuing to grow and promote interactions with partner countries across the Indo-Pacific region will help strengthen the relationships already established.
The mission of the Pacific Partnership is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and lasting friendships in the Indo-Pacific.
For more information on Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.cpf.navy.mil and
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