U.S. Navy Band Entertains Nearly Full House At PAC
Monday, March 20, 2017 4:57 PM
U.S. Navy Band has toured the country annually since 1925.
Musician 1st Class Dana Booher was the soloist on the alto saxophone during the U.S. Navy Band’s performance of “The Carnival of Venice” during its concert stop at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center Sunday. Photo by David Slone.
On Sunday afternoon, the musical ambassadors representing 320,000 sailors around the world performed for two hours in the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center.
Five WCHS band students sat in with the U.S. Navy Band for its performance of John Phillip Sousa’s “Washington Post” march. Taking the stage were freshman Joshua Fisher, senior Jannalynn Niebbia, senior Kyle Christenberry, junior Miranda Stage and junior Jullianna Niebbia.
Sponsors of the event included the Warsaw Performing Arts Center and the Lakeland Community Concert Association. LCCA President Grant Magner estimated more than 900 people took advantage of the free show and nearly filled the hall.
Sunday’s show was one of two Indiana stops for the Navy Band. The other stop is scheduled for Indianapolis on April 4. The band is also touring in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa and Ohio.
The U.S. Navy Band performs around 300 concerts a year and participates in about 1,300 ceremonies a year. It supports over 800 funerals a year at the National Arlington Cemetery. The Navy has 11 active bands stationed around the world.
Capt. Kenneth C. Collins is the commanding officer of the U.S. Navy Band that performed Sunday. Under his direction, the band started the concert with Johann Strauss II’s “Overture to Die Fledermaus.”
Chief Musician Jason Ayoub, on horn, was the soloist on Richard Strauss’s “Concerto for Horn No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 11” movements II and III.
Musician 1st Class Kristine Hsia was the vocalist for a tribute to Barbra Streisand, while vocalist for Gustav Mahler’s “Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen” was Chief Musician Courtney Williams, who also served as the concert’s narrator.
The fourth soloist was Musician 1st Class Dana Booher on alto saxophone for Jules Demersseman’s “The Carnival of Venice.”
Other numbers performed by the band included music from Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” Ryan George’s “An Gé Fhiain (The Wild Goose)” and Richard Hayman’s “Armed Forces on Parade.”