A Jazzy Celebration

A Jazzy Celebration

The United States Embassy in Brunei celebrated the 240th American Independence Day with a jazzy reception that had guests showing up in their finest jazz attire. With the theme ‘Celebrating America: The Birthplace of Jazz’, the event featured jazz entertainment throughout the night.

In his speech, His Excellency Mr Craig Allen, the US Ambassador to Brunei, explained the reason behind the jazzy theme to celebrate America’s Independence Day: “Our jazz entertainment tonight is a manifestation of the fact that we believe by experiencing some jazz here, you’re experiencing a piece of America – an America that like jazz, is open, creative, embracing, expanding, exhilarating, diverse and free.”

Guest of Honour Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof, who attended the event with his wife, Datin Hjh Kalshom Hj Suhaili, took part in a cake-cutting ceremony before the Ambassador presented Pehin with a framed vinyl jazz album titled ‘A Love Supreme’ by John Coltrane as a gift.

A stirring rendition of the US national anthem was then performed by Sachi Dieker before Farah Aliyah Abdullah from Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School took the stage to sing the Brunei national anthem.

Other invited guests of the night comprised government officials, members of the diplomatic community and others. The rest of the evening was spent mingling while enjoying the jazz entertainment performed by the Jazz Band, iFever and the Jerudong International School (JIS) Jazz Band.

Images by the US Embassy

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