Navy Man Strums 'Jingle Bells' But When Banjo Player Joins Their Epic Duel Brings House Down
FaithTap Staff 11/27/2018
Most of us would agree that Christmas is the best time of the year. It is a season filled with happiness and excitement, a time where we're surrounded by family and friends - and the only reason the cold winter weather becomes bearable.
Christmas songs are another reason why Christmas is so special. Take the beloved Christmas song "Jingle Bells" for example. This classic carol always puts us in a festive mood. So for anyone who just loves the tune as much as we do, then you're in for a treat...we've got a performance that's sure to make your spirit bright!
The United States Navy Band has done the country proud since 1925. They have played at presidential inaugurations, funerals, dinners, and other important events. The band plays all kinds of music, from country hits, jazz, and classical songs.
For their 2015 Holiday concert, the band had something special in mind when they played "Jingle Bells." But instead of simply playing the tune, they made it an all-out contest between a banjo and guitar.
We enjoy listening to Christmas music in different ways. There's the piano, the guitar, violin, or the country feels of the banjo. No matter what instrument is playing, there's no doubt that Christmas music makes us feel festive all over. So when the United States Navy Band declared a friendly duel between the guitar and banjo player, we just knew that we were in for something spectacular.
And they didn't disappoint! After the two officers jokingly went into a fighting position, they began their grand music showdown to the tune of "Jingle Bells."
Senior Chief Petty Officer Keith Arneson played the banjo, while Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Friedman took on the guitar. The result was nothing short of entertaining. In the beginning, Officer Arneson even snuck in a bit of the Star Wars theme -much to the audience's delight!
We're sure you've never heard "Jingle Bells" played this way. The intensity of the two instruments as the song progresses only builds up the entertainment factor. It's the perfect twist on a Christmas classic.
Speaking of classic, you probably didn't know that "Jingle Bells" was originally intended for Thanksgiving. The original song bore no connections to Christmas at all! We're so glad that they decided to change it. Otherwise, this awesome performance may have never taken place.