By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jose Holguin

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors gathered in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) to listen to the “Snoqualmie Winds” Woodwind Quartet from Navy Band Northwest perform holiday music Dec. 12.

The visit was part of the quartet’s tour throughout Navy Region Northwest designed to bring holiday cheer and help increase service member morale.

“I was walking through the hangar bay when I heard the music,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Sossi Aboki. “I love holiday music so I had to stop and listen. It put me in a great mood.”

The mission of Navy Band Northwest to provide musical support for official Navy functions, Navy recruiting efforts, and community outreach performances in the Pacific Northwest.

“This is why we tour,” said Musician 2nd Class Leeland Rothrock. “There is a lot of hard work going on during the holidays and it’s rewarding to know we may help brighten someone’s day.”

The quartet’s members include Rothrock, who plays tenor saxophone and Musician 3rd Classes Justin Laukat, bass clarinet, Holly Carlton, alto saxophone, and Aaron Schmid, clarinet.

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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