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Concerts on the Avenue

MU1 Sarah L. TietsortThe 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 concert series will highlight naval history and heritage; honor our fleet; honor our sister sea service, the U.S. Coast Guard; pay tribute to our international partners across the seas; and celebrate America's pop music of the 1960s and 1970s.


Three Navy Band ensembles will come together to perform a little something for everyone. The Concert Band and Sea Chanters chorus will start us off with traditional sea shanties and marches, while the Cruisers rock band will perform Billboard mega-hits like Pharrell Williams' "Happy," and Sarah Bareilles' "Brave." There will also be international music with a Middle-Eastern flare and a beautiful Hawaiian version of "Over the Rainbow." The Sea Chanter's very own Sideboys ensemble will bring back the wildly popular "Jersey Boys" medley and you may even find that you've been touched with a little bit of disco fever-Navy Band style! So get ready to clap your hands and tap your feet!


Finally, this year's concert wouldn't be complete without a tribute to the 200th anniversary of the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner. To this day the words remind us of our fragile beginnings as the first stanza ends not in brag or boast, but a simple, haunting question; "O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"


Please check out this year's schedule of Concert on the Avenue performances on select Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. On other Tuesday evenings at the same time, various ensembles of the band will perform at the Memorial. Of course, no summer in Washington would be complete without attending our other regular concerts: Mondays at 8 p.m. on the west steps of the Capitol building, and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater on the Mall (near the Washington monument).


For more information on dates for our Concerts on the Avenue, please see our events calendar.