The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. Now, witness this historic band live in College Station next Thursday, February 28th.
The history of the United States Navy Band is a twofold one that tracks not only the existence of the current U.S. Navy Band, but the legacy of music in the Navy as a whole. Since the very existence of the present-day Navy, music has been an ever-present element that reflects the growth of both the Navy and the nation.
Over the next 30 years, the use of musicians in the Navy expanded, but it was not until August 1826 that a seaman on the USS Constellation, John H. Page, was promoted to “Master of the Band.” Page is the first recorded bandmaster in the history of Navy music. Just a month later, a young Ordinary Seaman, William Tuton, was promoted to the rank of “musician.” By 1830, it was possible to enter the Navy as a musician as the enlistment of William Raymond in April attests. Not only was music in the Navy expanding, but it was turning into its own respected skill and profession.
Over the next century, music would continue to flourish in the Navy and become inextricably intertwined with the traditions and ceremonies of the Navy. In fact, it was during this period that a fife and drummer ensemble was commonly referred to as the “Band” from the very founding of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1845. It didn't take long for this group to be officially expanded and renamed the United States Naval Academy Band. The Naval Academy Band has since grown and exists today as the oldest band in the U.S. Navy.
Witness an American tradition right before your eyes when the U.S. Navy Band performs live at Rudder Complex on February 28th. Admission is free.
This event promises to be a fun time! Join your family, friends, and neighbors of The Point on Redmond Apartments in College Station, Texas and see what all the buzz is about!
Thursday, February 28, 2019—8:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
401 Joe Routt Boulevard
College Station, Texas 77843