In collaboration with D.C. Public Library, the DC Mayor’s Office, and the United States Navy Band, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy presents a musical program in honor of the nation’s veterans past and present, featuring the Navy Band’s honored music group, Country Current.  The performance will take place in the library’s 291 seat theater, located at 901 G St NW, Washington, DC.  This program is free and open to everyone.  

Meet Country Current:  The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy's premier country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and "eye-popping" musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven-member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments.

Formed in 1973 , the band has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, for Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, and overseas in Stockholm, Nova Scotia and Beijing. With a fun-filled and family-friendly stage show, Country Current has been delighting its fans for nearly 50 years with their musical virtuosity and humor.

A staple of the bluegrass scene, Country Current has shared the stage with music luminaries Rhonda Vincent, Dailey and Vincent, Mountain Heart, Little Roy Lewis, Third Time Out, The Lonesome River Band, Josh Williams, The Seldom Scene, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Ned Luberecki, Chris Jones and many others. Country Current routinely performs at bluegrass festivals such as Darrington, Windgap, Gettysburg, Lake Havasu and Grass Valley. In 2011, Country Current became the first military band to perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.


MU1 Haley E. Stiltner, Bluegrass Music Director

Windsor, Va.


MUC Joseph M. Friedman

St. Louis, Mo.

Electric Bass/String Bass

MU1 Daniel J. Stewart

Laceyville, Pa.


MU1 Patrick C. McAvinue, Hereford, Md

MU1 Caleb Cox

MU1 Sally Sandker

Mask Guidelines:  A mask is required for all visitors while inside the library.  

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Images of Country Current courtesy United States Navy Band

Images of Country Current courtesy United States Navy Band 

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