Far East Edition Performs at the Mall of Asia in Manila

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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten

MANILA, Republic of the Philippines – The U.S. Seventh Fleet Band’s “Far East Edition” performed at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Manila, Republic of the Philippines on March 10, 2013.

The band performed popular American music for an estimated crowd of over 18,000 shoppers at Manila’s largest shopping mall.

“Our mission is unique because we show a different side of the Navy,” said Musician 2nd Class Daniel Weber. “It never fails to amaze me how much power is in music, not only do they become fans of the Navy Band after the performance but they become fans of the United States Navy.”

A major highlight of the performance was the performance of “Gangam Style” sung completely in Korean. The familiar song and dance combination sparked crowd participation with singing along and dancing with the band members. The band finished the set with an encore of the song “I Feel Good”.

“The performance at the Mall of Asia was a success because of the audience reaction to our tunes,” said Weber. “When the audience sings and dances to the songs we are performing, we know that we are giving them a great show. We love performing in the Philippines because it’s so easy to interact with the crowd and it’s a lot of fun.”

The crowd had the opportunity after the show to chat and pose for pictures with the band members further strengthening the bond with the Philippine community.

“Having the band performing at the mall forms good relations, especially in the mall where everybody is here to be entertained and have fun,” said Giliza Gonzales, SM Mall of Asia marketing officer. “It’s really great that the band performed here, because the Filipino community really loves the music. It’s about being here and being part of something fun, and the band provided that for the community today.”

The Far East Edition is part of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band and are based out of Yokosuka, Japan.

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