Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Announces Performances for Annual Summer Concert Series at National Museum of the Marine Corps
Triangle, Va. (June 3, 2019) – The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation has announced the launch of its annual Summer Concert Series at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The series, now in its tenth year, features six concerts over nine weeks with performances from groups comprised of members of the U. S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army bands.
The United States Navy Concert Band will kick off the Summer Concert Series on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. with an array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band and one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, the Navy Concert Band has been performing and participating in high-profile events for over 85 years.
The Series continues July 11 with a performance by the United States Navy Band Commodores, the U.S. Navy’s premier jazz ensemble. The 18-member ensemble will perform an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements and new instrumental music.
On July 25, the Series will feature a performance by the United States Army Band Downrange. Downrange is known for their modern repertoire of rock, pop, country, R&B and inspirational signature patriotic arrangements.
The fourth performance, on August 1, spotlights the United States Navy Band Cruisers. This elite group is comprised of eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. The Cruisers capture audiences with their range of genres from jazz and standards, rhythm and blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material.
The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters will perform on August 22. The Navy’s official chorus, the ensemble performs music ranging from traditional choral fare to opera, Broadway and contemporary music. The chorus performs publicly across the United States as well as for the President, Vice President and numerous other domestic and foreign dignitaries.
On August 29, the Series concludes with a performance by the Quantico Marine Corps Band. Made up of 50 musicians, this is one of the oldest bands in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The concerts will be held outdoors on the National Museum of the Marine Corps entry plaza, weather permitting. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. Concessions will be available and the Museum gift store and Tun Tavern will remain open until the concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be moved inside to the Museum’s Leatherneck Gallery.
For more information on the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Summer Concert Series and other summer programming at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, including Family Days, History in Your Hands and special exhibitions, visit www.marineheritage.org and www.usmcmuseum.com.
About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, culture and traditions, and the education of all American of its virtues, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Having secured the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, the Foundation’s current primary mission is to vigorously seek financial support to expand programs at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and beyond its walls. For more information, visit marineheritage.org.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 8 with enhanced health and safety protocols in place. The Museum Store and Tun Tavern will reopen as well on September 8th. Hours are subject to change. The Medal of Honor Theater and Rifle Range remain closed at this time. The Foundation continues to assist donors during this time with reduced staffing.
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