By Steve Parker
Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan The Nile C. Kinnick High School performed their Winter Music Concert on December third, 2015 to a room filled with over 200 parents, siblings, teachers, administrators and peers. Kinnick is located on board Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on Yokosuka Navy Base. Kinnick High School’s Band program led by Jonathan Parker is a legend in the Far East and Thursday Night’s performance was exemplary.
The Winter Concert included 10 different pieces performed by 10 different ensembles. The opening numbers were solo performances presented by Sasha Anguiano on piano and Emily Arnold on flute, followed by the performances culminated with a Christmas Melody performed by the KHS Orchestra. The entire orchestra numbered more than 100 students and had the audience singing and clapping along with the familiar Christmas songs.
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 48 schools serve nearly 23,000 military-connected children of U.S. Service members and civilian support personnel stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,000 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.