As part of its outreach efforts, the United States Navy Band Cruisers will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.
Galveston is one of 14 cities in a four-state region selected to host the special performances by the band on its 2017 tour, which features some of the Navy’s best singers and musicians performing a myriad genres including rhythm and blues, pop and classic rock, adult contemporary and jazz standards, as well as original selections.
The flagship musical organization of the Navy is based at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, and has been touring the country since 1925. The Navy Band, according to Chief Musician Adam Grimm, public affairs officer and spokesman for the U.S. Navy Band, works hard to string together a number of towns and cities in order to have a concert each day, with enough distance between each one that they’ll reach different communities.
“Galveston is a perfect stop for us, because there’s no substantial Navy presence there,” Grimm said. “Between commissioning one of our newest warships there last month, and our concert set for Sunday, it’s a perfect opportunity for us to talk about the fantastic work our sailors do each and every day.”
The free concert Sunday will feature Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander on drums and unit leader; Chief Musician Kenneth Carr, guitar; Chief Musician Shana Sullivan and Musician 1st Class Cory Parker, vocals; Musician 1st Class Athus Delima, bass guitar; Musician 1st Class David Smith, trumpet; Musician 1st Class Justin Cody, keyboards; and Musician 1st Class Manuel Pelayo, saxophone.
The sailors, who are all full-time professional musicians (most have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in music) tour nationally 12 to 15 weeks each year. This year’s tour will cover approximately 1,400 miles.
“During every show, we also take time to honor and celebrate the service of veterans in the audience,” Grimm said. “It’s important for us to come together with communities and pay tribute to men and women who built the great Navy and military we have today. Attendees can expect an entertaining and family-friendly show. We hope to have a full house on Sunday.”
In addition to the Navy Band Cruisers, the Navy also has a concert and ceremonial band, Sea Chanters chorus, Commodores jazz ensemble and a country/bluegrass ensemble, which embarks on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis.
“For many years, Navy bands have been where it matters, when it matters, just like the rest of our Navy,” said Capt. Kenneth Collins, U.S. Navy Band commanding officer. “Today, we have sailors performing around the world, improving relations with our allies abroad, as well as telling the Navy story here at home.”
For information on Sunday’s performance, visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.