The band, made up of musicians from the US Navy and US Marine Corps, is a 21-piece ensemble consisting of woodwinds, brass and percussion. While on Sal Island, the band will participate in several community events, including workshops with students at Escola Dona Tututa, walks for the residents of Espargos and a joint concert with the Sal Island Municipal Band in Santa Maria.
“Regardless of the language we speak, music always brings us together,” said Lt. Col. Kelly Cartwright, bandmaster. “The community here has received us so warmly. Hearing them sing along with our band as we played the famous Cabo Verdean singer-songwriter, Cesária Évora, was a powerful reminder of what is possible through our partnership here.”
The band will also host more than 80 delegates with several performances planned during the three-day Maritime Leadership Summit, 20-22. March 2023
The Naval Forces Europe and Africa Band, stationed in Naples, Italy, is the official band of the US Navy in Europe and Africa. The band reaches a combined audience of more than 60 million people in 35 countries during more than 500 annual engagements. The band’s performances on Sal Island will include musicians from the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Cherry Point, North Carolina. The US Navy and US Marine Corps have an integrated maritime strategy and often work together with African partners to improve maritime domain awareness across the continent.
The AMFS is a strategic-level forum that brings together naval and marine leaders to address transnational maritime security challenges within African waters, including the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. AMFS is a new model of African senior leadership engagement, combining three senior leadership symposia traditionally held during NAVAF’s annual Regional Express Series exercises into one continent-wide event.
AMFS participating countries are Angola, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Gambia, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom and United States of America countries. Participants include chiefs of navies, coast guards and marines from four continents, including Africa, Europe, North America and South America.
For more than 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has established strategic relationships with our allies and partners, using a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability.
Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF manages US naval forces in the US European Command (USEUCOM) and Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. The U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF and employs naval forces across the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.