Navy Band will perform Wednesday at Lakeside High School
May 2 – SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – The US Navy travels to Ashtabula, one of 13 cities across six states, to host a performance by the US Navy Concert Band on its 2022 tour.
The band is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeside High School. The hour and a half show is free and open to the public.
David Roth, Director of 7-12 Instrumental Music for Ashtabula Area Schools, said he feels honored for the community and the school to organize this concert.
“Many of us are associated with and/or have family members in the armed forces – my grandfather was in Pearl Harbor and my father was both in the Navy,” he said. “It’s the least we can do to honor them.”
The US Navy Concert Band is the premier wind ensemble in the US Navy. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing in public concerts and performing at major events for over 95 years. The group performs a wide range of marches, patriotic pieces, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.
One of the primary responsibilities of the US Navy Band is to tour the country. All of the band’s major performing units embark on concert tours in specific regions of the country each year, allowing the band to reach an audience that does not have the opportunity to regularly see the best musical ensembles in the world. Marine. Concerts are family events, intended to entertain veterans, families, individuals, and those interested in joining the Navy.
“For many years, the bands of the Navy have been where it counts, when it counts, just like the rest of our Navy,” said Captain Kenneth Collins, commanding officer of the United States Navy Band. “Today we have sailors performing around the world, enhancing relationships with our allies overseas and telling the Navy’s story here at home.”
Based at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC, the US Navy Band is the Navy’s flagship musical organization and one of 11 Navy bands worldwide.
Navy Band ensembles tour nationally for 12 to 15 weeks each year. Navy Band sailors are full-time professional musicians and nearly all members of the band have earned undergraduate degrees in music, and most have graduate degrees, Collins said.
“Experiencing this exceptional ensemble will be a treat for all,” Roth said. “It’s shaping up to be a great performance.”