Naval Station Newport / Naval War College Holiday Concert 2019


Naval Station Newport / Naval War College Holiday Concert, December 15, 2019

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SSN-724, best of the breed. I’m from the real New York, upstate New York. I’d like to wish my friends and family back home a merry Christmas and happy New Year. ♪ Let there ♪ ♪ Be peace on Earth ♪ ♪ The peace that was meant to be ♪ ♪ With God ♪ ♪ As our father ♪ ♪ Brothers all are we ♪

Hi, I’m Captain DeJulio, from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, wishing everybody in the United States a merry Christmas. Merry Christmas! ♪ In perfect harmony ♪ (“Let There Be Peace on Earth”) ♪ Let peace ♪ ♪ Begin with me ♪ ♪ Let this be the moment now ♪

Good morning, this is Logistics Specialist 1st Class Rakehell Penshtine, stationed here at Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One in San Diego. Just wanted to with family and friends back in Huntsville, Alabama, and in Massachusetts a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Bye. ♪ To take each moment ♪ ♪ And live each moment ♪ ♪ In peace eternally ♪ ♪ Let there ♪ ♪ Be peace on Earth ♪ ♪ And let it begin with me ♪

Hi, I’m Corporal Nicholas Lingual, and I’m stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina. I just wanna give a happy holidays to my family back home in Texas, and tell them I miss them, and merry Christmas.

Hi, I’m Dmitri Gutfield from NAS Jacksonville Security Department. I wanna wish merry Christmas to my wife Sarah, my son Theodore, and my mom and my dad back in Tampa. Merry Christmas. ♪ Let peace ♪ ♪ Begin with me ♪ ♪ Let this be the moment now ♪ ♪ With every step ♪

I’m Chief Ageis Fire Controlman Mark Myers, Stationed in Deveselu, Romania. Wishing a merry Christmas to all my family and friends back in Smith Center, Kansas. ♪ To take each moment ♪ ♪ And live each moment ♪ ♪ In peace eternally ♪

Lanison Jackson, from Indianapolis, Indiana, aboard USSS Ronald Reagan. I wanna send holiday greetings to my mom, and my sister, and my brother. I love you guys so much, and I miss you, and I’ll see you soon. Merry Christmas. ♪ Peace on Earth ♪ (applause) (upbeat orchestral music)

[Director] Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to today’s concert. I am Musician Director of Naval Band Northeast. On behalf of the director, Lieutenant Joel Berefin, and our Navy Choristers, and all the men and women in Navy Band Northeast, we would like to wish you a happy holiday. (applause) (energetic orchestral music) (applause) Once again, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming to today’s concert, And thank you for your patience with a little bit of a late start. With the gate backed up and everything, we wanted to give everyone a change to get in and get their hot chocolate and cookies, and get seated. We’re happy to spend this afternoon with you, spending the best gift, giving you the best gift that we have to give, our music. Stevie Wonder’s version of What Christmas Means to Me has been a Holiday staple since it was released as part of his Some Day of Christmas album in 1967. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Navy Band Northeast vocalist, Connecticut native, Musician 2nd Class Rachel Vennel to sing What Christmas Means to Me. (applause) One, two, one, two. (“What Christmas Means to Me”) ♪ Candles burning low ♪ ♪ Lots of mistletoe ♪ ♪ Lots of snow and ice ♪ ♪ Everywhere you go ♪ ♪ Choirs singing carols ♪ ♪ Right outside my door ♪ ♪ All these things and more, baby ♪ ♪ That’s what Christmas means to me, my love ♪ ♪ Know what that means ♪ ♪ I see your smiling face ♪ ♪ Like I never seen before ♪ ♪ Even though I love you madly ♪ ♪ It seems I love you more ♪ ♪ The little card you give me ♪ ♪ Will touch my heart for sure ♪ ♪ All these things and more, baby ♪ ♪ That’s what Christmas means to me, my love ♪ ♪ I feel like running wild ♪ ♪ Those angels is a little shy ♪ ♪ To greet you ‘neath the mistletoe ♪ ♪ Kiss you once and then some more ♪ ♪ Wish you merry Christmas, baby ♪ ♪ And such happiness in the coming years, oh baby ♪ ♪ Lets deck the hall with holly ♪ ♪ Sing sweet Silent Night ♪ ♪ Fill that dream with angel hair ♪ ♪ Pretty, pretty lights ♪ ♪ Go to sleep and wake up ♪ ♪ Just before the daylight ♪ ♪ All these things and more, baby ♪ ♪ That’s what Christmas means to me, my love ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ You know what it means ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ You know what it means ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ You know what it means ♪ (cheering)

[Director] Awesome, awesome. The Newport Navy Choristers were founded in 1953 by a group of Naval War College and Fleet wives, and was initially known as the Navy Wives Chorus. Within a few years, they had expanded to include husbands and active duty personnel from other naval stations. Today the chorus is comprised of active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel, DOD civilian employees, and their dependents over the age of 16. Please welcome the Newport Navy Choristers and Navy Band Northeast performing Do You Hear What I Hear. (applause) (“Do You Hear What I Hear”) ♪ Said the night wind to the little lamb ♪ ♪ Do you see what I see ♪ ♪ Way up in the sky, little lamb ♪ ♪ Do you see what I see ♪ ♪ A star, a star ♪ ♪ Dancing in the night ♪ ♪ With a tail as big as a kite ♪ ♪ Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy ♪ ♪ Do you hear what I hear ♪ ♪ Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy ♪ ♪ Do you hear what I hear ♪ ♪ A song, a song ♪ ♪ High above the trees ♪ ♪ With a voice as big as the sea ♪ ♪ With a voice as big as the sea ♪ ♪ Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king ♪ ♪ Do you know what I know ♪ ♪ In your palace wall, mighty king ♪ ♪ Do you know what I know ♪ ♪ A child, a child ♪ ♪ Shivers in the cold ♪ ♪ Let us bring him silver and gold ♪ ♪ Said the king to the people everywhere ♪ ♪ Listen to what I say ♪ ♪ Pray for peace, people everywhere ♪ ♪ Listen to what I say ♪ ♪ The child, the child ♪ ♪ Sleeping in the night ♪ ♪ He will bring us goodness and light ♪ ♪ He will bring us ♪ ♪ Goodness and light ♪ (applause)

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, the Newport Navy Choristers. We’re so happy they could be here to share this concert with you. You’ll be hearing a lot more of them throughout the afternoon. Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival was composed in 1950, and recorded by the Boston Puffs. Anderson said in a 1960’s interview, “I selected the Christmas songs “that were the most popular and best known, “and then I took them and tried “to give instrumental treatment to them. “I took the themes and built, you might say, “a concert overture around the Christmas songs.” Please welcome Musician 1st Class Phil Martin to the podium to conduct Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival. (applause) (“A Christmas Festival”) (“A Christmas Festival”) (applause) (uplifting music)

Hey, happy holidays! My name is Midshipman 4th Class Meacham, and I’m from Long Island, New York, and I’m stationed at the United States Naval Academy.

Hello everyone, merry Christmas and happy holidays. My name is Eichini Ryoha. I’m from Jacksonville, Florida, stationed here at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

I’m Shelby Saltaro, and I’m from Roberts, Montana, and I’m wishing you a happy, happy holidays.

Hi, I’m A03 Arebis. I’m stationed at the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard. Originally from Tuscan, Arizona, and I just wanna say merry Christmas to my family and friends back at home.

Happy holidays, everybody, my name is HM2 David Smith. I’m just here to wish you guys a merry Christmas and a happy holidays. I’m from Kennebunkport, Maine. Not as far as the North Pole, but pretty close.

My favorite Holiday moment has to be when my little cousin Wade came up to me last Christmas, and he said, “Nick, I just wanna tell you, “merry Christmas, and I love you bigger than Wal-Mart.”

My favorite thing to do during the Holidays is probably, number one, sleep. Sleep is very important. And probably number two, it’s gotta be hanging out with my family, ’cause not a lot of times when you get to actually sit down and hang out with your family, so it’s really nice to hang out with them during the holidays.

My family comes from every single part of Montana, and they all congregate in one location, and it gets exponentially louder in that area, because we’re a very loud, tight-knit family. And so being all together during the holidays is probably what keeps me sane, believe it or not. (chuckles) (wooshing) ♪ Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle Bell rock ♪ ♪ Jingle bell suck and jingle bell rock, whatever ♪ ♪ Snowing and blowing ♪ ♪ When Christ was born ♪ (“Oh Holy Night”) ♪ Oh night ♪ ♪ Divine ♪ ♪ Oh night ♪ ♪ Oh night divine ♪ ♪ Fall on your knees ♪ ♪ Oh hear the angel voices ♪ ♪ Oh night ♪ ♪ Divine ♪ ♪ Oh night ♪ ♪ When Christ was born ♪ ♪ Oh night ♪ ♪ Divine ♪ ♪ Oh night ♪ ♪ Oh night divine ♪ (applause)

And now ladies and gentlemen, we are pleased to feature the Newport Navy Choristers under the direction of retired Chief Petty Officer Lori McDowell. (“A Midwinter Noel”) ♪ Sing we now of Christmas ♪ ♪ Noel, sing we here ♪ ♪ Listen to our praises ♪ ♪ To the babe so dear ♪ ♪ Promised one most holy ♪ ♪ Child of virgin birth ♪ ♪ Come so meek and lowly ♪ ♪ Matchless in his worth ♪ ♪ Allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Christ is born ♪ ♪ Shepherds stare in wonder ♪ ♪ Frightened by the sight ♪ ♪ Angelic praise like thunder ♪ ♪ Echoes in the night ♪ ♪ Mother’s gentle singing ♪ ♪ Peace and quiet here ♪ ♪ Word now flesh revealing ♪ ♪ God himself is near ♪ ♪ Allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Christ is born ♪ ♪ Royalty will seek him ♪ ♪ Treasured gifts they bring ♪ ♪ Bowing down before him ♪ ♪ Infant king of kings ♪ ♪ Heir to Heaven’s riches ♪ ♪ Lays his glory down ♪ ♪ For the throne awaiting ♪ ♪ For the final crown ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Christ is born ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Singing allelu ♪ ♪ Christ is born ♪ ♪ Sing we now of Christmas ♪ ♪ Noel, sing we here ♪ ♪ Listen to our praises ♪ ♪ To the babe ♪ ♪ So dear ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ (applause)

[Lori] For those of us short, okay. Hello, does it work now? Do I need to get this close to it? All right, then I’ll get this close to it. I am Lori McDowell, and I am the director of the Newport Navy Choristers. And yes, we have a very long history here at the Naval War College. But at the same time as getting to sing here for Christmas, it’s also that time of year where our Jewish friends are celebrating Hanukkah. Everybody knows about the eight candles that are on the Menorah, but what you don’t know probably is that, in the Jewish customs, you have to have a working candle that is not part of the Menorah to light the Menoran candles. So they do that everyday, and that little candle is called a Shammash. Now if you go to the grocery store, you might see a Shabbat candle, and that’s for everyday work. But this candle’s called a Shammash, and this little Shammash is waiting very expectantly, is very eager to start lighting these candles for Hanukkah. And so this is a mother’s prayer to the little candle to hang on, your time’s not quite here yet. (somber orchestral music) ♪ Wait, little Shammash ♪ ♪ Wait until sunset ♪ ♪ The time to celebrate ♪ ♪ Is drawing near ♪ ♪ Soon, little Shammash ♪ ♪ You’ll light the first candle ♪ ♪ Then we will know that ♪ ♪ Hanukkah is here ♪ ♪ Hanukkah, Hanukkah ♪ ♪ Candles burning bright ♪ ♪ Hanukkah, Hanukkah ♪ ♪ Festival of light ♪ ♪ Eight little candles ♪ ♪ In a menorah ♪ ♪ Great wall of colors ♪ ♪ To light up the night ♪ ♪ Behold the dreams of ♪ ♪ Warm tomorrow, too ♪ ♪ Glowing, glowing ♪ ♪ Candles so bright ♪ ♪ Hanukkah, Hanukkah ♪ ♪ Candles burning bright ♪ ♪ Hanukkah, Hanukkah ♪ ♪ Festival of Light ♪ ♪ Feel the nub, rubbing the tips, impatient ♪ ♪ For the coming celebration ♪ ♪ Oh, traditions we hold dear ♪ ♪ Prayers and gifts ♪ ♪ For those so near ♪ ♪ Wait, little Shammash ♪ ♪ Wait until sunset ♪ ♪ The time to celebrate ♪ ♪ Is drawing near ♪ ♪ Soon, little Shammash ♪ ♪ You’ll light the first candle ♪ ♪ Then we will know that ♪ ♪ Hanukkah is here ♪ ♪ Hanukkah, Hanukkah ♪ ♪ Candles burning bright ♪ ♪ Hanukkah, Hanukkah ♪ ♪ Festival of light ♪ ♪ Festival of light ♪ (applause)

[Director] The eight day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah commemorates the rededication during the second century, B.C. of the second temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means dedication in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, and usually falls in November or December. Often called the festival of lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts. And now please enjoy the Hanukkah Celebration, conducted by Musician 1st Class Gregory Lopes. (“Hanukkah Celebration”) (applause) Silent Night is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 in its original German. The song was sung during World War One by both German and Allied troops during the Christmas Truce of 1914, when both sides observed an unofficial ceasefire. Please welcome back to the podium Senior Chief Musician Ryan Hudson and Musician 2nd Class Rachel Vennel to perform her own special arrangement of Silent Night, inspired by the popular vocal group Pentatonix. (“Silent Night”) ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪ All is calm ♪ ♪ All is bright ♪ ♪ Round yon virgin ♪ ♪ Mother and child ♪ ♪ Holy infant ♪ ♪ So tender and mild ♪ ♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪ ♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪ ♪ Oh silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪ All is calm ♪ ♪ All is bright ♪ ♪ Round yon virgin ♪ ♪ Mother and child ♪ ♪ Holy infant ♪ ♪ So tender and mild ♪ ♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪ ♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪

[Director] A letter from the front lines, December, 1914. Dearest mother, it was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere. About seven or eight in the evening, there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches, and then they sang Silent Night. I shall never forget it, it was one of the highlights of my life. I thought, what a beautiful tune. First the Germans would sing one of their carols, and then we would sing one of ours, until when we started up Oh Come All Ye Faithful, the Germans immediately joined in, singing the same hymn to the Latin words Adeste Fideles. And I thought, well, this is really the most extraordinary thing. Two nations both singing the same carol in the middle of a war. ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ (applause)

[Director] Whether leaving home for deployment, leaving your shipmates for a new duty station, or even turning the page on your Navy career, saying goodbye is a common and bittersweet tradition in the Navy. We would like to take this opportunity to say fair winds and following seas to two of our own departing sailors as they begin new journeys. Musician 3rd Class David Estrada will be leaving the Navy after 10 years of faithful service to pursue career opportunities in civilian life. And Musician 2nd Class Laura Lee Swanson will be continuing her service in the Naval Reserves after 11 years of active duty service. We would also like to thank any service members here this evening that may be moving on from their service in the coming year. We honor you, we honor your service to this great nation. Thank you for your service. (applause) (“Little Jack Frost, Get Lost”) Jack Frost is a character New Englanders are well acquainted with. He brings ice, snow, sleet, and freezing cold. And while he may just be getting started this winter season, I’m sure there’s not a single one of us who, come March or April, or even May sometimes here in New England, wishes Jack Frost wouldn’t get lost. Please welcome Musician 1st Class Phil Martin to conduct his own arrangement of Little Jack Frost, Get Lost, sung by Musician 1st Class Mark Heskitt, a native of Maine, and Connecticut native, Musician 2nd Class Rachel Vennel. ♪ Oh, little Jack Frost, get lost, get lost ♪ ♪ Little Jack Frost, get lost ♪ ♪ You know you don’t do a thing, but put the bite on my toes ♪ ♪ Freeze up the ground and take the bloom from the rose ♪ ♪ Little Jack Frost go away, go away ♪ ♪ And don’t you come back another day ♪ ♪ There’s lots of cold feet, all the lovers complain ♪ ♪ You turn off the heat down in lover’s lane ♪ ♪ The bench in the park is all alone in the dark ♪ ♪ So little Jack Frost, get lost, get lost ♪ ♪ Little Jack Frost, get lost ♪ ♪ Little Jack Frost, get lost, get lost ♪ ♪ Little Jack Frost, get lost ♪ ♪ You know you don’t do a thing, put the bite on my toes ♪ ♪ Freeze up the ground and take the bloom from the rose ♪ ♪ So little Jack Frost, go away, go away ♪ ♪ Don’t you come back another day ♪ ♪ There’s lots of cold feet, all the lovers complain ♪ ♪ You turn off the heat down in lover’s lane ♪ ♪ The bench in the park is all alone in the dark ♪ ♪ So little Jack Frost, get lost, get lost ♪ ♪ Little Jack Frost, get lost ♪ ♪ Little ♪ ♪ Jack Frost ♪ ♪ Get lost ♪ ♪ Little Jack Frost, get lost ♪ (cheering)

[Man] This is the pregnant pause that my team chief worried me about. (laughing) Can everyone hear me okay? Boys and girls, do you have any idea what is in this magic bag? That’s honest, that’s my daughter, thank you. (laughing) This is magic dust given to me by Santa himself. He told me that if any believed, he would appear magically through the world of AV. (laughing) Work with me, okay? So if you say we believe with me after I say one, two, three, I’m gonna blow this magic dust, and then get a nasty email from the public works team. (laughing) That wasn’t funny, sorry. One, two, three. We believe! (whimsical music)

Well hello there, boys and girls! Oh my, what a surprise! You used the dust. (laughs) Powerful magic, that is. Oh, this is wonderful, just wonderful! I’ve been listening to your joyous concert. Well of course I have, I see and hear everything. And when I have a chance to hear the Navy Band, well, I never miss it. And I must say, you have simply outdone yourselves tonight. Are you all enjoying the concert?

Yes, yes! (applause)

I can tell. Why, according to my Christmasometer, Christmas spirit is up by 223%! And that’s very important, because this, all this comes from Christmas spirit. Do you have Christmas spirit, boys and girls?

Yes, we do! (cheering)

Of course you do. And that’s good, because you see, my magic comes from you, from all of you. My magic comes from those who believe. Do you believe, boys and girls?

Yes, we do! (cheering) (chuckles)

Oh my, you do indeed. Well that’s wonderful, just wonderful! It does this old elf’s heart good to hear such Christmas spirit. And to hear it coming from the naval station there in Newport. You know, you sailors are probably the only people who travel more than I do, and that’s saying something. I’m so proud of you, so proud of each and every one of you. You bring hope to the world, and hope is so very precious. Boys and girls, your moms and dads, and brothers, and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, anyone you know that wears a uniform is so very special to me. Do you want to know why?

[Man] Yes, yes!

Because they stand for something. Something greater than themselves. They stand for freedom, and they stand for fairness, and they stand for service. And they stand for all these things with the highest of hopes that all of them can be achieved. And that is a very special gift, greater than anything my elves can make up here in our workshop. Oh, I wish I could be there with you tonight to hear that beautiful music in person, but there’s so much to do, you know, and so very little time left to do it. Now, have you all been good this year?

Yes! (laughing)

Of course you have. I’ve got you all right here on my nice list. Now I really must go, but before I do, I need to ask a favor of all of you. Can you all do something for Santa?

[Man] Yes!

Keep your holiday spirit all through the year. You see, I only get to deliver presents on the 25th of December, but you, you can give presents all year long, and you can give the best kind of present. Not the kinds that come with ribbons and bows, you can give the gift of time, and of love, and of hope, and those are truly special. Find a friend and hold their hand. Give your mom and dad a big hug and tell them that you love them. Play a game with your little brother, braid your little sister’s hair. Because you see, that’s what keeps me going, the little things we all do to make this life a little bit bigger, brighter, and better, every day of the year. Can you do that for me, boys ang girls?

Yes! (clamoring)

Then I officially make you all Santa’s elves, and your mission is to spread holiday cheer throughout the year. Share a smile, give a hug, and let’s keep my sleigh flying high for another thousand years. Have a joyous holiday season, and a very merry Christmas. A merry Christmas to all of you. Merry Christmas, merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! (applause) (“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”) ♪ Rockin’ around the Christmas tree ♪ ♪ At the Christmas party hop ♪ ♪ Mistletoe hung where you can see ♪ ♪ Every couple tries to stop ♪ ♪ Rockin’ around the Christmas tree ♪ ♪ Let the Christmas spirit ring ♪ ♪ Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie ♪ ♪ And we’ll do some caroling ♪ ♪ You will get a sentimental feeling ♪ ♪ When you hear ♪ ♪ Voices singing, let’s be jolly ♪ ♪ Deck the halls with boughs of holly ♪ ♪ Rockin’ around the Christmas tree ♪ ♪ Have a happy holiday ♪ ♪ Everyone dancing merrily ♪ ♪ In a new old-fashioned way ♪ ♪ You will get a sentimental feeling ♪ ♪ When you hear ♪ ♪ Voices singing, let’s be jolly ♪ ♪ Deck the halls with boughs of holly ♪ ♪ Rockin’ around the Christmas tree ♪ ♪ Have a happy holiday ♪ ♪ Everyone dancing merrily ♪ ♪ In a new old-fashioned way ♪ (cheering)

[Director] Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Navy Band Northeast rock band Rhode Island Sound, featuring MU3 Mark Larossa on the center saxophone. (cheering) ♪ Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock ♪ ♪ Jingle bell suck, and jingle bell rock, whatever ♪ ♪ Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun ♪ ♪ Now the jingle hop has begun ♪ (barking) I just did that in the middle of T court. (laughing) ♪ You better not pout, and I’m telling you why ♪ ♪ Santa Clause is coming to town ♪ I lost. (laughs) ♪ I’m dreaming ♪ ♪ Of a white Christmas ♪ ♪ Just like the ones I used to know ♪ ♪ May your dreams be merry ♪ ♪ And bright ♪ (giggles)

Like the sun. ♪ And may all your Christmases ♪ ♪ Be white ♪

Like the snow.

Like the snow.

That’s good, that’s nice.

[Director] So ladies and gentlemen, as you’ve just heard, the holiday spirit is not dependent on quality of singing voice. And I know you’re all sitting there thinking, well I can sing better than that. Well now is your chance. And don’t worry how you sound, music has the power to move us all, and no more so than at Christmas, when carols unite singers and listeners alike. Please join us in singing these well known carols, and hold your own personal stories and feelings of this holiday season in your heart.

[Woman] And if you sing really well, there are audition forms for the choristers out there. (laughing) (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) ♪ You better watch out, you better not cry ♪ ♪ You better not pout, I’m telling you why ♪ ♪ Santa Claus is coming to town ♪ ♪ He’s making a list, checking it twice ♪ ♪ Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice ♪ ♪ Santa Claus is coming to town ♪ ♪ He sees you when you’re sleeping ♪ ♪ He knows when you’re awake ♪ ♪ He knows if you’ve been bad or good ♪ ♪ So be good for goodness sake ♪ ♪ Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry ♪ ♪ Better not pout, I’m telling you why ♪ ♪ Santa Claus is coming to town ♪ (“Silver Bells”) ♪ City sidewalks, busy sidewalks ♪ ♪ Dressed in holiday style ♪ ♪ In the air there’s a feeling ♪ ♪ Of Christmas ♪ ♪ Children laughing, people passing ♪ ♪ Meeting smile after smile ♪ ♪ And on every street corner you’ll hear ♪ ♪ Silver bells ♪ ♪ Silver bells ♪ ♪ It’s Christmas time in the city ♪ ♪ Ring-a-Ling ♪ ♪ Hear them ring ♪ ♪ Soon it will be Christmas day ♪ (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”) ♪ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ♪ ♪ Had a very shiny nose ♪ ♪ And if you ever saw it ♪ ♪ You would even say it glows ♪ ♪ All of the other reindeer ♪ ♪ Used to laugh and call him names ♪ ♪ They never let poor Rudolph ♪ ♪ Join in any reindeer games ♪ ♪ Then one foggy Christmas Eve ♪ ♪ Santa came to say ♪ ♪ Rudolph, with your nose so bright ♪ ♪ Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight ♪ ♪ Then how the reindeer loved him ♪ ♪ As they shouted out with glee ♪ ♪ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ♪ ♪ You’ll go down in history ♪ (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) ♪ Have yourself ♪ ♪ A merry little Christmas ♪ ♪ Let your heart be light ♪ ♪ From now on, our troubles ♪ ♪ Will be out of sight ♪ ♪ Have yourself ♪ ♪ A merry little Christmas ♪ ♪ Make the Yuletide gay ♪ ♪ From now on, our troubles ♪ ♪ Will be miles away ♪ ♪ Here we are, as in olden days ♪ ♪ Happy golden days of yore ♪ ♪ Faithful friends who are dear to us ♪ ♪ Gather near to us once more ♪ ♪ Through the years we all will be together ♪ ♪ If the Fates allow ♪ ♪ Hang a shining star ♪ ♪ Upon the highest bough ♪ ♪ And have yourself ♪ ♪ A merry little Christmas now ♪ (applause)

[Director] When lighting our national Christmas tree in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson shared this timeless message about the holiday season. Let each American family, whatever their station, whatever their religion, whatever their race or their region, let each family devote time to sharing with others something of themselves. Yes, something of their very own. Let us, if we can do no more, lend a hand and share an hour, and say a prayer, and find some way with which to make this Christmas a prouder memory for what we gave instead of what we received. (“Let There Be Peace on Earth”) ♪ Let there ♪ ♪ Be peace on Earth ♪ ♪ And let it begin with me ♪ ♪ Let there ♪ ♪ Be peace on Earth ♪ ♪ The peace that was meant to be ♪ ♪ With God ♪ ♪ As our father ♪ ♪ We are family ♪ ♪ Let us walk with each other ♪ ♪ In perfect harmony ♪ ♪ Let peace ♪ ♪ Begin with me ♪ ♪ Let this be the moment now ♪ ♪ With every ♪ ♪ Step I take ♪ ♪ Let this be my solemn vow ♪ ♪ To take each moment ♪ ♪ And live each moment ♪ ♪ In peace eternally ♪ ♪ Let there ♪ ♪ Be peace on Earth ♪ ♪ And let it begin with me ♪ ♪ Let peace ♪ ♪ Begin with me ♪ ♪ Let this be the moment now ♪ ♪ With every ♪ ♪ Step I take ♪ ♪ Let this be my solemn vow ♪ ♪ To take each moment ♪ ♪ And live each moment ♪ ♪ In peace eternally ♪ ♪ Let there ♪ ♪ Be peace on Earth ♪ ♪ And let it begin with me ♪ (applause)

[Man] Thank you so much, thank you so much. Right now, Admiral Chatfield will join us onstage for just a moment. I keep hoping for the magic of Christmas, you know? We did the magic dust, and I’m almost inclined to see if one more shot of this. Oh my god! Someone say won’t we believe, one, two three. We believe! Oh my! (applause)

[Santa] Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, everyone! (cheering) Merry Christmas!

Ladies and gentlemen, since we have a very official guest, we’re gonna render honors for him. Are you ready? You’re gonna love it. (laughing) Tye Monelle, ring eight bells.

[Tye] Aye aye! (bells ring)

[Director] Santa Claus, North Pole Command, arriving. (laughing) (whistling) (“Here Comes Santa Claus”) ♪ Bells are ringing, children singing ♪ ♪ All is merry and bright ♪ ♪ So hang your stockings, say your prayers ♪ ♪ ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight ♪ ♪ Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus ♪ ♪ Right down Santa Claus Lane ♪ ♪ Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer ♪ ♪ Pulling on the reins ♪ ♪ Bells are ringing, children singing ♪ ♪ All is merry and bright ♪ ♪ So hang your stockings, say your prayers ♪ ♪ ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight ♪ (cheering) Merry Christmas!

[Man] Santa. The magic of microphones. He’s so kind when he says that, you know? He said you have to turn it on. One, two, ah, I can be taught. Training has occurred. Here you go, Santa.

[Santa] Well, merry Christmas, everyone.

[Audience] Merry Christmas, Santa!

[Santa] Merry Christmas, Admiral Chatfield. I’ve made a special trip just for you, because I have a special gift just for you.

[Chatfield] Really?

Yes, I do.

Me?

[Santa] I know that your father is a famous West Coast jazz musician, and that the spirit of music lives within you. I think that we should go ahead and give her a special gift. What do you think, folks? (cheering)

Wow, for me?

[Santa] Yes, ma’am, just for you. Why don’t we go ahead and open it up? (applause) (oohing) (applause) Ma’am, that was done by one of my most talented elves. What do you think, folks? Should we go ahead and have her lead her band in the next song, my favorite song, A Sleigh Ride. (applause) (laughing) Can Santa work this, there we go. (“Sleigh Ride”) (rhythmic clapping)

[Director] Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us today to share in the holiday spirit. In the words of President John F. Kennedy, Christmas is a day when we remind ourselves that man can and must live in peace with his neighbors, and that it is the peacemakers who are truly blessed. On behalf of President, US Naval War College, Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, Naval Station Newport, Navy Band Northeast, and the Newport Navy Choristers, merry Christmas, happy holidays, and may this be your best year yet. (chuckling) (cheering) (chattering)

Well, I think we know that I’m not gonna be conducting the Philharmonic anytime soon, but I am glad to see that the water didn’t happen, there were no brooms that were taken up, and the sorcerer’s apprentice survived another day. (laughing) So thank you all for coming to this wonderful holiday concert, and this gift of the Navy Band to you. And I would like to say that we would like to wish you a very happy holiday, and may health, happiness, prosperity, and love fill your days over the holiday season, and all year round. And I guess the final word always is, merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. (applause)

[Man] All right, just pointy elves.

[Director] Once again, merry Christmas, ladies and gentlemen. Don’t forget to see Santa on your way out, and a couple thank yous as you’re leaving. A big thank you to a couple of guest musicians we have with us the evening, Mr. Bill Drury from New England Conservatory. (cheering) Senior Chief Musician Gus Lang from Center for Service Support. And a huge thank you to the Public Affairs Office and the events department of the Naval War College, as well as Musician 3rd class Jesse Chavez, who handled all the ticketing and made sure you all had seats here this evening. And our sound man, most importantly our sound man in the back, Petty Officer 1st Class Drew Stadt. (cheering) Merry Christmas, everybody, happy holidays, drive safely!

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