In association with the DC Mayor’s Office and DC Public Library, the National Museum of the United States Navy invites you to enjoy a free day of music featuring the United States Navy Band’s prestigious vocal ensemble, Cruisers, and the Concert Band’s 12-member brass ensemble. There will be two separate performances in recognition of Veterans Day 2023! The Cruisers will perform at 1pm in the library’s New Books Room located on the main floor, followed by the Brass Ensemble at 3pm.  This program is free and open to everyone!

About the Cruisers:  The United States Navy Band Cruisers, the Navy’s premier popular music group, features eight of the Navy's most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999, the group takes its name from the Navy's versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band lives up to its namesake with the capability of playing a variety of musical genres ranging from jazz standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop, as well as original material. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the United States and abroad with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances. In addition to public concerts and educational outreach appearances, the Cruisers are in constant demand by the most senior government and military officials, including the President, Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations. Their show-stopping appearances on Navy birthday concerts, holiday concerts, national tours and summer concert series performances are always a highlight.

About the Concert Band:  The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the United States Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for more than 95 years. 

Collaboration with celebrities has become a hallmark for the Concert Band. The band was featured with Arthur Godfrey of NBC radio fame in 1927. Gene Kelly was guest star for the first episode of "The Navy Hour" radio program in 1945, which the band produced for an astounding 23 years. More recently, the band featured guest artists Tony Curtis and Gregory Peck. In 2002, the band was filmed performing "America the Beautiful;" the performance was broadcast by the NFL prior to each game during opening week. In addition to national concert tours and an extensive local concert season, the Concert Band has been featured internationally at military tattoos and festivals.  Recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, the Concert Band is in constant demand by the nation's foremost musical education organizations, such as the American Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic.

About the National Museum of the United States Navy:  The National Museum of the United States Navy was established in 1961 and opened to the public in 1963. As one of 14 Navy museums throughout the country, it is the only one that presents an overview of United States naval history. Exhibitions and programs commemorate the Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as its peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service. 

Known for 40 years as the Navy’s flagship museum, The National Museum celebrates a legacy of educating the public. In the tradition of its predecessors on the Washington Navy Yard beginning in 1865, the current museum features a collection that dates from 1800. The museum's collection moved twice before Admiral Arleigh Burke established the current museum in 1963 to create an American naval history museum comparable to those in Europe. The National Museum continues to embody Burke's vision of sharing the Navy's history and traditions with the world. 

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Images courtesy of the Navy Band.

Images courtesy of the Navy Band.