Navy Band Great Lakes Public Affairs

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

America's Navy is coming home to Rock Island, Illinois to host a performance by the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble during its Quad Cities Navy Week Tour. The Wind Ensemble’s performance is scheduled for May 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Schwiebert Park, Rock Island, Illinois for the Navy Week kick-off concert and proclamation. This concert is one of the Navy's signature outreach programs and a performance you don’t want to miss!

The Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble is comprised of thirty-four active duty musicians under the direction of Lieutenant Geordie Kelly. This ensemble continues the legacy of its famous bandmaster, Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa, by continuing the tradition of military music throughout the Midwest. The Wind Ensemble's repertoire consists of classic concert band literature, patriotic music, marches, and vocal selections.

As the “Ambassadors to the Midwest”, Navy Band Great Lakes primary responsibility is supporting Navy outreach in an eleven state area, stretching from Michigan to Missouri, North Dakota to Kansas, and every Midwestern state in between. All of the band’s primary performing units embark on concert tours each year throughout the Midwest, allowing the band to reach out to audiences that do not have opportunities to see Sailors on a regular basis. Performances are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining and patriotic for young and old alike.

"Pride in Service" has been the theme for Navy Band Great Lakes for more than a century. From 1911, when the band first formed, to 1917, when Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa served as Bandmaster, to today's Director, Lieutenant Geordie Kelly, our music represents the pride and professionalism that is synonymous with the United States Navy. Serving Commander, Naval Service Training Command's mission of transforming volunteers into 21st Century Sea Warriors, Navy Band Great Lakes performs weekly for basic training graduations, paying honor to Sailors and their families, while continuing their robust schedule with more than 350 performances annually for millions of Americans.

All Navy Band Great Lakes performances are free and open to the public. For more information about this concert, please check out the band’s Facebook page at