Navy Concert Band dropping anchor at McCain for March 5 performance
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium. The performance is free, but tickets are required. Drop by the McCain Auditorium box office weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 785-532-6428 for more information.
MANHATTAN — The U.S. Navy Band is setting sail for Kansas State University and Manhattan, which is one of just 21 cities in 12 states to host a performance by the renowned band during its 2018 tour.
The Navy Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the university's McCain Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. While sponsored by McCain Auditorium, this concert is not a part of the McCain Performance Series. For ticket information, call or drop by the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The box office can be reached at 785-532-6428.
The Concert Band is the premier wind ensemble of the Navy and performs a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. The concert is suitable for the whole family.
As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for nearly 90 years. The band, as well as the Navy Band's other primary performing units, embarks each year on a concert tour throughout a specified region of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy's premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The band is made up of full-time professional musicians: most of the sailors have undergraduate degrees in music, with the majority holding graduate degrees.
"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."
The Navy Band is based at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Along with the Navy Concert Band, its other ensembles include the Ceremonial Band; the Sea Chanters, a chorus; the Commodores, a jazz ensemble; the Country Current, a country/bluegrass ensemble; and the Cruisers, a popular music group.