Concerts on the Avenue
June 11, June 25, July 23, July 30, August 13, and August 20
U. S. Navy Memorial
Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 7th St. NW and 9th St. NW
The Concerts on the Avenue series, featuring the United States Navy Band and Navy Ceremonial Guard, is presented on select Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. during the summer at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The concert series began in 1997 and combines a wide variety of music in addition to precision drill by the Ceremonial Guard.
Following the presentation of the state and territorial flags of the United States by the Navy Ceremonial Guard, the Navy Drill Team executes their flawless demonstration of close order drill, coordination and timing. The drill team Sailors carry 1903 Springfield rifles, all with 10-inch fixed bayonets.
This year’s series will use the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address as a thematic launching point highlighting freedom. In just 10 carefully-crafted sentences, delivered in two minutes, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the Civil War was not only a struggle for the preservation of the Union, but for human equality as well. Our audience will hear music from Lincoln's era starting with "The Battle Cry of Freedom," arranged by our own Musician 1st Class Tim Hill.
The concerts will also feature traditional and contemporary songs of the sea, as well as an entire section of music devoted to maritime collaboration. The Sea Chanter chorus is heavily featured in this section, in particular the women of the ensemble.
The Cruisers will be bringing back the popular “Soulful Sixties” medley with songs like "Soul Man," "Dancin' in the Street," "Respect," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." These tunes have stood the test of time and have always inspired the audience up and out of their seats, clapping and dancing along.
For more information on dates for our Concerts on the Avenue, please see our events calendar.