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About National Tour

One of the primary responsibilities of the U.S. Navy Band is its national concert tour.  Rather than a single tour, the Navy Band’s national concert tour is a collection of tours throughout the year by the various units of the Navy Band. Each year, ensembles of the Navy Band embark for weeks on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country. These tours provide the opportunity to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that may not see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The national concert tours of the Navy Band serve audiences with entertaining performances but also allow the Navy direct access to both former and future members of the United States Navy.


Audiences across the country have received the Navy Band with warm support and appreciation. Whether in a local gymnasium or in a famous concert hall, the Navy Band strives to perform with all of the precision and energy that befits its stature. Past tours by Navy Band ensembles have included performances at major municipal halls, community centers, countless universities, outdoor venues and the American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention. These patriotic concerts range from the traditional to the contemporary, showcasing the skill and versatility of the different units of the band.


All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public. However, please note that most do require tickets and advance preparation is often encouraged. The concerts are meant to be for everyone and we strive to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy. For those interested, Navy recruiters will be available for any questions at most tour performances.


Finally, national tours also allow the Navy Band to fulfill one of its other priorities.  The Navy Band routinely extends its commitment to educational outreach during its tours through the Music in the Schools program. It is not uncommon for Navy Band musicians to take the time to perform recitals and give masterclasses and clinics in local schools and universities. In addition to these special appearances, the Navy Concert Band continues its tradition of inviting talented young musicians to perform with them on stage.


During tours, Navy Band members endeavor to keep audiences and fans up to date with their progress on the road. You can find the tour blogs on the Navy Band Blog page. We invite you to discover if the Navy Band will be touring in your area. For more information about current and future tours, please click the Tour Region Map tab on the right side of the page.

Tour Region Map


Region 1

Region 1


West Virginia

Country Current, Commodores



Region 2

Region 2


North Carolina

New Mexico
West Virginia

Country Current, Concert Band,
Sea Chanters


Region 3

Region 3

South Carolina
North Carolina


2015 Concert Band, Sea Chanters


Region 4

Region 4

New York
Rhode Island

New Jersey
New Hampshire

2014 Country Current, Commodores



Region 5

Region 5

North Dakota

South Dakota
West Virginia

2015 Country Current, Commodores





Upcoming Tours

Separate and yet combined: a look at the Concert Band and Sea Chanters Spring tours
by Musician 1st Class Sarah Blecker

Concert Band 2015 National Tour
February 16 - March 11, 2015

Sea Chanters 2015 National Tour
February 20 - March 12, 2015

As we begin a new year, we once again look ahead towards our spring tours. As in the past, the Concert Band and Sea Chanters will depart in February for their annual tours, each spending approximately three weeks on the road. Both ensembles will be traveling the Southeast region of the country, making stops in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

While the Concert Band and Sea Chanters usually tour the same region during the same time frame, their concert stops have always been separate from each other. This year, however, things will be a little different: the ensembles will begin their respective tours separately, meet in the middle to present combined concerts and then part ways to finish their travels. This isn’t the first time that ensembles in the Navy Band have joined forces on the road. 10 years ago the Concert Band, Sea Chanters and Cruisers toured together to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Band, taking our popular summer series, “Concerts on the Avenue,” on the road.

The Concert Band will begin their tour Feb. 16 in Glen Allen, Virginia and the Sea Chanters will depart Feb. 20 for their first concert in Henderson, North Carolina. As they make their way south, the two groups will meet in Florida and present eight joint concerts throughout the state before parting company to reach more communities. They will perform one final joint concert in Columbia, South Carolina.

For a complete listing of tour stops and ticket information, click on these icons. The combined tour dates will be denoted with an asterisk.

We look forward to seeing you on our tours!














Sponsor and Ensemble on Tour

If you would like to sponsor a Navy Band ensemble on their national concert tour, view and fill out a National Tour Sponsor Application (you may have to enable javascript for the interactivity to function properly). This form may be emailed to Navy Band Tour Operations as an attachment or sent by U.S. mail to the address on the form. Additional tour sponsor information may be obtained in the guidebooks below.


National tour concerts are events of community interest in which civic-minded individuals and organizations donate their time, effort, and money. The Navy Band also views these performances as an ideal forum to provide local recruiters visibility within the community. Local Navy recruiters will be present at all performances. We encourage co-sponsorship with a local newspaper to help with the advertising. All Navy Band performances must be free and open to the public.

Concert Band Tour Guidebook

Sea Chanters Tour Guidebook

Commodores Tour Guidebook

Country Current Tour Guidebook

Cruisers Tour Guidebook

The United States Navy pays all Navy Band personnel expenses incurred during national tours including salaries, transportation, lodging, and meals. All local costs such as auditorium rental, lighting, heating, printing of programs and tickets, janitorial fees, cost of hiring union labor when required by the local union, insurance, etc., are the responsibility of the sponsor. Local expenses cannot be paid by the United States Government.

NO advertising may be permitted in the programs; however, a simple list of patrons indicating contributors to concert expenses may be included, if desired.

Ticket Information

All Navy Band national tour concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are sometimes required and may be obtained from the tour city's local sponsor. To request tickets for a tour concert, please click the Current/Upcoming Tours tab on the right side of this page for ticketing information.










For more information, contact via email or by phone at 202-433-2889.