The original members of the United States Naval Academy Band
sailed into Annapolis harbor on May 17, 1853. To commemorate this
event, the Navy's "Oldest and Finest Band" presents a
special anniversary performance on May 9th, at 8:00 P.M. in the
Naval Academy's beautiful Alumni Hall.
LCDR Donald H. Keller, Jr., 25th Leader of the Naval Academy Band,
has prepared a musical program to include newly commissioned works
and a multimedia presentation chronicling 150 years of Naval Academy
Band history. The concert opens with the premiere of Since First
We Set Sail, by James Hosay, followed by the premiere of Dr.
Paul Whear's interpretation of Eternal Father.The program
also includes The Oldest and Finest March, by Dr. Gary Belshaw,
and two original compositions by current members, The Sesquicentennial
March,by Petty Officer John Ohlemeyer, and Anchored in Tradition,
by Petty Officer Justin Skorupa. As a special treat, the Electric
Brigade will be on hand to perform a medley of hits including songs
by the Temptations, Jackson 5, The Four Seasons, and Ricky Martin.
As always, there will be patriotic songs featuring Petty Officer
Ira Ostrowski, and the most famous piece ever written by a Naval
Academy Band Leader, Charles Zimmermann's Anchors Aweigh.
Join the United States Naval Academy Band in a celebration of 150
years of music and service to their Academy and nation.
For booking and arrival details,
Please see the ITG
Calendar for May and scroll down to May 9th
US Naval Academy Band