Posting Date: February 17, 2010

The United States Navy Band to perform at Kennesaw State
Performance features distinguished musical organization

By Tabatha Wahlquist

The United States Navy Band

The United States Navy Band will perform in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on March 24 at 8 p.m. The concert is free and follows a master class the same day in which Kennesaw State University music students will have an opportunity to interact with the premier Washington, D.C. band. KSU Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands David Kehler will oversee the event.    


The Navy Band was established by Congress on March 4, 1925 and is directed by Lieutenant Commander Richard H. Bailey. The band presents honors at official ceremonies and memorial services and performs hundreds of public concerts annually throughout the country. Known as “The World’s Finest,” the band features some of the country’s best musicians and performs everything from classical orchestral works to current popular favorites. The band also performs traditional marches and patriotic fare.


The band has appeared in 21 presidential inaugurals and performed at the State Funerals for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. Recognized as a distinguished musical organization, the band has also performed internationally, including festivals in Oslo, Stockholm and Quebec City. In 1996, it also performed at the 300th anniversary of the Russian Fleet in St. Petersburg and at The Baltic International Festival of the Fleets in Kaliningrad, Russia.


The Navy Band is a major advocate of music education. The band is a sponsor of Music in Schools programs for elementary and high schools. They also actively participate in the American Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic—an international band and orchestra conference.


While the concert is free, it is still a ticketed event. Tickets need to be secured from the box office ahead of time. “We expect standing room only,” says Kehler, “so it’s important that everyone get tickets as soon as possible.” Kehler expects a high turnout to this special event. “This doesn’t happen all the time. It’s a rare opportunity for the community.”

To reserve tickets, visit the box office or call 770-423-6650. Online tickets are not available for this performance.



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