The United States Navy Band
, based at the historic Washington Navy Yard
in Washington, D.C.
, has served the nation as the official musical organization of the United States Navy
since 1925. The United States Navy Band serves the ceremonial needs at the seat of government, performing at presidential inaugurations
, state arrival ceremonies
, state funerals
, state dinners
, and other significant events.
The United States Navy Band performs all styles of music — from ceremonial pieces such as "ruffles and flourishes
" to classical
hits. The musical organization continues a proud tradition of professionalism and service long associated with the United States Navy
Organization and personnel
Since its official designation in 1925, the United States Navy Band has grown into a diverse organization of multiple performing units. The organization features six performing ensembles: the Concert Band, the Ceremonial Band, the Commodores jazz ensemble, Country Current country-bluegrass ensemble, the Cruisers contemporary entertainment ensemble, and the Sea Chanters chorus. There are also several chamber music
groups. The multiple ensembles help to meet the public demand for different types of music as well as the needs of Navy recruiting.
The United States Navy Band is composed of 172 enlisted musicians and four officers, under the direction of Capt. Brian O. Walden.
The Concert Band is the Navy's premier wind ensemble. The Concert Band,... Read More