“America’s Band” to perform bicentennial salute for Battle of Lake Erie in four free concerts

The Beacon

Thu, Aug 29, 2013

The Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble is commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie fought during the War of 1812 with a special free Labor Day Weekend concert at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in Bay on Friday, Aug. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. No tickets are required for this free concert.

The Band will also be performing a free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton, and just added a performance at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside at 2 p.m. on Sept. 1. A nine-piece ensemble will then perform at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. For the performances at Lakeview Park and the lighthouse, audience members are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets as no formal seating will be provided. For those wishing to attend the Lakeside concert, there will be no gate fee or parking fee from 1-5:30 p.m.

“Pride in Service” has been the theme for Navy Band Great Lakes for more than 102 years.  From 1911, when the first bugler reported for duty, to bandmaster John Philip Sousa in 1917, to today’s Bandmaster, Navy Lt. Patrick K. Sweeten, the music of Navy Band Great Lakes represents the pride and professionalism that is synonymous with the United States Navy. Homeported on board Naval Station Great Lakes and serving Commander, Naval Service Training Command’s mission of transforming volunteers into 21st century Sea Warriors, Navy Band Great Lakes performs more than 500 times each year throughout a 9-state area of the United States. Dubbed “America’s Band” by President Woodrow Wilson, Navy Band Great Lakes annually entertains more than 60 million people as the United States Navy’s “Ambassadors to the Midwest.”  Navy Band Great Lakes is honored to present this commemorative program in celebration of this historic milestone.

For additional information about Navy Band Great Lakes please visit us on the World Wide Web, Facebook, or YouTube. You can also contact us by telephone at 847-688-4760, ext. 212.

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