ODESSA, Ukraine – Musicians from the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, Topside, performed a concert for the Odessa community at Gorsad Garden, during Exercise Sea Breeze 2012 (SB12), July 11.
The concert shared some of the American culture and good will with community members strengthening relations and building friendships.
“The crowd turnout was great,” said Musician 2nd Class Vincent Moody, trumpet player for Topside. “We weren’t sure what to expect, but the crowd was full of energy.”
Service members listened to the concert along with the local community.
“I really enjoyed the show,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Katherine Ruffatto. “The energy in the crowd was amazing.”
For one member of “Topside” this was his final show.
“It’s my last performance with the Navy and I’m glad I was able to perform here,” said Musician 3rd Class Jason McDonough, drummer for the band. “I’ve learned so much after serving almost four years in Naples and visiting over 50 countries with the band.”
SB12, co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, aims to improve maritime safety, security and stability engagements in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces.