Navy Week comes to San Jose for the first time in the celebration’s history
SAN JOSE, CA. – More than 75 Navy members are in San Jose this week, engaging the community at events across the city. The band started the week by packing food for families at a South Bay food bank and playing free live music in a popular San Jose shopping district.
The Navy Quintet performed for the first time in San Jose, in the courtyard in front of Maggiano’s.
From August 15 to 21, you might see sailors, dressed in white, walking around San Jose. On Monday, one of the bands played traditional Navy music in the Santana Row plaza.
“We’re a wind quintet. We also have our jazz funk band here. They were at the jazz festival last weekend and put on a great show there,” said First Class Musician Whitney Adams. Marine.
Navy Week is held in 15 cities each year, and since 2005 Navy Week has been celebrated in more than 80 different US cities.
“All that good stuff, but you know just to see them and know they have a talent, a hidden talent. I think that’s great,” said Srey, a San Jose resident.
Adams has been playing in the Navy Quintet for 10 years.
“But certainly the reason I stayed so long and will stay is that we have the most amazing experiences with our audiences when we’re overseas. It’s a lot of diplomacy and relationships with our partner countries,” said Adams.
Earlier Monday, another group of sailors also volunteered at Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, a San Jose-based food bank and member of Feeding America.
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“The U.S. Navy brought Navy Week to Silicon Valley’s second harvest, and we couldn’t be happier, helping to provide access to healthy food,” said Eddy Shahin, senior director of the volunteer engagement with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.
During Navy Week, up to one hundred outreach events are planned with businesses, governments, education and diversity organizations throughout San Jose.
Navy Week is designed to give people the chance to learn more about the Navy, the people who serve, and why it’s important to our overall success as a nation. So if you see a sailor in San Jose this week, wave to him and thank him for his service.