This event happened on 21 APR 2023.

Dear Veterans, Active Duty, Friends & Descendants & Supporters of Those Who Served and Serve,

You are invited to a special concert on Friday, 21 APR 2023 at 7 PM (1900) in the Little Creek “Gator” Theater on the Little Creek Navy Base. The concert features 150 Student Musicians traveling from Clarence, New York, and Bellmore, New York.  They will offer a special Concert Event/Tribute to our Defenders of Freedom, entitled BEYOND COURAGE, Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE. Then. Now. Always. A Documentary in Music.

This work was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prizes in Music and has won 3 Telly Awards for History, Biography, and Music, and a Gold AVA Award.

The work tells the story of those who were surrendered and sacrificed in Bataan & Corregidor at the onset of WWII. The special Concert Event/Tribute is dedicated to ALL of our Veterans, Active Duty, their Families, and all who support them.

We hope that you can join us for this powerful reminder about the enormous Price of Freedom. The Student Musicians are looking forward to offering this concert and demonstrating their appreciation for our Veterans, Active Duty, their Families, and all who support them.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there.

Stephen Melillo

Welcome!  Here is how to get onto the Base and enjoy this Free Concert/Event/Tribute to our Veterans and Active Duty.

Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, at Little Creek (Gator) Theater:  3504 Gator Blvd, Unit 3104, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

For the Concert at 7 PM (1900) on 21 APR 2023, those without a DOD-ID Card must fill out this form and deliver it as per the directions below by 17 APR 2023Each individual who is 18 and over is required to complete the SECNAV 5512 form.  Attendees who will not be 18 by the concert date will all be added to the Access List for the event.  Please send the names of those minors not yet 18 as per the directions below.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Download the SECNAV 5512 ACCESS PASS REGISTRATION Form Here.  In Acrobat Reader, you will find a PEN Tool on the right.  Then at the top of your screen, you will see," SIGN YOURSELF".  Please use this to sign your name.  All other fields can be typed.  You can also use the Digital Signature.

IMPORTANT and Please Note:  Block 13:Two forms of identity source documents from the list of acceptable documents listed below must be presented to the base registrar with this completed form.”  It is not necessary to personally present them at the Gate, but the ATO (Anti-Terrorism Officer) does need the first information source on the Form to be the SSN.

 2.  Please email me the completed form.  Please send me the names of any minors in your email.  Please do NOT fill a form out for minors.  This adds needless “vetting time” for the ATO.  If needed, please Download, Print, and Sign your form.  Then mail it to:

Steve Email, or

Stephen Melillo
209 Spinnaker Run Lane
Smithfield, VA 23430

Remember, 17 APR is an absolute deadline… 1st come, 1st serve.

3.  When you arrive at the Gate on 21 APR, your name will be on a “Vetted ACCESS List”.  Be sure to have a State-issued ID with a Photograph.

Address of Theater:
Little Creek “Gator” Theater
3504 Gator Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23459

Looking forward to seeing you there!  Godspeed!  S

 Listen to  “A Local Touch” with Raymond Jones on 12 APR 2023.

16 MAR 2023 Interview on WTKR-TV with Chandler Nunnally (who did a great job! Thank You Chandler!)

8 MAR 2023 Interview on WNIS Radio with Tony Macrini (another awesome professional!)

Free Downloads to better understand the piece and the event.

Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE - BEYOND COURAGE (Texts & Explanations)
Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE DVD Insert Letter
Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE DVD Covert Art

Explore & Purchase:

Excerpt from Kakehashi: That We Might Live (on vimeo)

Kakehashi: That We Might Live on DVD (Get the DVD from Stormworks)

STORMWORKS Chapters 5:8 - Writings on the Wall (2 CDs, with Kakehashi: That We Might Live, Recorded in Japan)

Photos from the WTKR Interview with RDML (Ret.) Erik Ross.