- A Message from the Commander
- Navy Band Presents Special
- Navy Band celebrates the Navy’s 235th birthday
- Spotlight on...
Navy Band Archives
- Coming Soon….Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and Commodores on Tour
- In Memoriam
A Message from the Commander
As we finish another busy summer season, I would like to take this pportunity to hank our concert patrons, concert sponsors and support staff. Thank you all for making this summer a complete success.
Moving forward into our fall season, I invite you to attend three special concerts. The Sea Chanters will perform on the 25th and 26th at the National Cathedral and at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, respectively. Guest conductor Michael McCarthy, director of music at the National Cathedral, conducts the Sea Chanters on both concerts. The Sea Chanters commissioned McCarthy to write a new choral piece, and these concerts mark the world premiere of this work. The Concert Band performs at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on September 19th, with guest conductor Dr. Mallory Thompson, director of bands at Northwestern University. Be sure to read the feature articles inside this issue for more information on these concerts.
This year marks the 235th anniversary of the founding of our Navy. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead hosts this year’s Navy Birthday Concert entitled “Hands Across the Sea.” Focused on the Navy’s motto of “A Global Force for Good,” our concert takes you on a musical journey highlighting
the worldwide impact for good achieved by our Navy and Marine Corps team. This concert takes place at DAR Constitution Hall on October 16th at 8:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.
I’m especially proud of the band members recently advanced
to Senior Chief Musician: MUCS Karl Hovey, MUCS Lana Haley
and MUCS Bill Gray, and our Chief selectees: MUC (sel.) Leon
Alexander, MUC (sel.) Robert Holmes, MUC (sel.) Courtney Williams
and MUC (sel.) Curt Duer. My congratulations to all of you!
Lastly, Country Current, our premier country band, goes on
its national tour later this month. A dynamic performing group,
they are known for their entertaining and engaging public concerts.
I am sure you will not want to miss hearing them when they visit your area. Please see their entire tour schedule in this issue. “The World’s Finest” has an exciting fall planned. We look forward to seeing you at our performances.
Navy Band Presents Special Concerts
by MUCS Aaron L. Porter and MU1 Michael Webb
In September, the Navy Band will be presenting three
special concerts, two by the Sea Chanters chorus, and
one by the Concert Band. The Sea Chanters concerts
will take place on Saturday the 25th at 8 p.m. at the National
Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and on Sunday the 26th at 3 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va. The Concert Band will be performing at the Hylton Center on September the 19th at 3 p.m.
The Sea Chanters’ performances will be highlighted by the world premiere of a commissioned piece written exclusively for the chorus by Michael McCarthy, director of music and principal choirmaster at the National Cathedral. An accomplished director, organist, and composer, McCarthy has led the expanding music program of the Cathedral since 2003. His prior experience with various schools and programs in London, England cultivated a remarkable expertise with the choral arts. In addition to overseeing several institutional choral programs, McCarthy has worked with numerous professional choirs. With his extensive musical background and esteemed worldwide reputation, the Sea Chanters are honored to be premiering his piece.
Entitled “Serenade of the Sea,” it was inspired in part by McCarthy’s impressions while watching Sea Chantersperformances. “The Sea Chanters are a phenomenally talented group,” states McCarthy. “In addition to their vocal flexibility the singers are great all-around musicians. To be able to work for a concentrated period with a seasoned group such as this is both exciting and a huge privilege.”
In discussing his piece, McCarthy cites two other influences: The first is the English composer Benjamin Britten, whose work he “has always been struck by.” McCarthy continues, “The other source of inspiration has to be the Navy. I am looking forward to exploring and striking a balance between the historic elements of the institution and its modern-day reality.” In addition to the exciting and innovative experience provided by the world premiere piece from McCarthy, the performances will feature a variety of pieces showcasing the diverse talents and abilities of the Sea Chanters chorus. The highlight of the Concert Band’s performance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on September 19th is the participation of guest conductor Dr. Mallory Thompson, director of bands, professor of music and coordinator of the conducting program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Thompson’s eclectic program will have something for everyone who is a fan of wind ensemble music.
Master Chief Musician Michael McDonald, the Concert Band’s concertmaster and principal clarinetist, contacted Thompson about conducting the band. He and Thompson were students together at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and haven’t seen each other since the mid-‘80s. In the years since then, Thompson has gained a reputation as a conductor and teacher of conducting. Thompson has conducted many military bands throughout her career, including the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” the Army Field Band, the Coast Guard Band, the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, N.Y., and the Air Force Band. As she says, “I have tremendous respect for the military bands and for their musical ‘mission’, understanding that we all have different ‘missions’ and one isn’t better than another. Working with military bands is a tremendous professional honor, it’s really fun to work with your peers, it’s incredibly moving to cross paths with former students and friends, and in all honesty I feel that it’s a way to honor my father, who was a pilot in WWII. At some point when I’m working with a military band, I always remember my father, shake my head, and think ‘imagine what this would mean to him!’”
As for the concert itself, Thompson says, “I wanted to choose something that would be interesting and entertaining for the audience, really fun for the band to play, and music that I really love. A well-crafted program should give a terrific ensemble an opportunity to ‘stretch its legs,’ to explore different styles, sonorities, and qualities of energy. My greatest hope is for the audience and performers to be energized by a wide range of moods and characters.” Admission to these concerts is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required for the concert at the National Cathedral. Tickets are required for the performances at the Hylton center, and are available in advance of the concerts at the center’s box office at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., or by visiting the Center for the Arts box office at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. On the day of the concerts, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get there early for the best seats. For further details about these special concerts please go to our Web site, https://www.navyband.navy.mil or go to the Hylton Center’s Web site at: https://www.hyltonperformingartscenter. com or to the National Cathedral’s Web site at: https:// www.nationalcathedral.org. We look forward to seeing you at both of these exciting concerts!
Navy Band Celebrates the Navy’s 235th Birthday
by MUCS Aaron Porter
|Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, addresses the audience at the beginning of the 234th Navy Birthday Concert at DAR Constitution Hall. The Navy Band presents a concert celebrating the United States Navy’s birthday every year, which is hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations.|
Join the Navy Band on Saturday, October 16th at 8:00 p.m. to celebrate the Navy’s 235th birthday at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, the theme of this year’s concert is “Hands Across the Sea.”
This concert will focus on the global partnerships supported by the United States Navy’s Maritime Strategy and the Navy’s role in building international trust and cooperation. Ensembles and soloists from the Sea Chanters chorus, the Cruisers, the Commodores jazz ensemble and the Concert Band will perform selections depicting the planet’s diverse cultures.
The oceans that cover the globe connect all nations economically. Any disruption or crisis – man-made or natural – that affects that relationship must be quickly addressed. The Navy and Marine Corps team works with other branches of the military and our international partners to react quickly to these crises or to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
From battling piracy off the horn of Africa to saving lives after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the United States Navy is a global force for good. Admiral Roughead has said, “Although our forces can surge, trust and cooperation cannot be surged. Trust is something we must build over time.” Be sure to join us for an entertaining, inspiring concert that pays tribute to our Navy and Marine Corps team, its mission and its outreach to our global partners. The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Please see the box on page five of this issue for information about ordering tickets to this memorable event.
Spotlight on Navy Band Archives
by MUCS Juan Vazquez
The rich history of the Navy Band spans over 85 years, from the early 20th century to today. Our archives, led by Chief Musician Michael Bayes, preserves our heritage for future generations.
The idea for a Navy Band Archives began in 2004. At that time, band members started to look for historic photos, documents and artifacts to display during the opening ceremony of our newly renovated building. Unfortunately, much of what was needed could not be easily found. Some artifacts were water damaged and in tattered boxes, requiring a lot of restoration. A small group of individuals, including Master Chief Musicians Peggy Bair and Joe Brown, and Senior Chief Musicians Aaron Porter and James Armstrong, and I began a movement to save the items that were not yet damaged. Eventually, this led to an official archive team tasked with the responsibility of preserving our most important historical documents, photos, and artifacts.
The first archivist of the band was Senior Chief Porter. The main focus of Senior Chief Porter’s tenure was to stabilize our photo archive. During his time, we were able to collect and place most of our photo collection, numbering several thousand, in archival-quality storage containers that will save them from deterioration by heat, humidity and light.
What is your present role?
As the head archivist I am charged with maintaining, preserving and storing the band’s historic collection. I have a wonderful team that helps me with this task. They are Senior Chief Musician James Logan and Chief Musicians Stanley Curtis, Suzanne Tiedeman and Stephen Hassay. For the past two years, the archive team has been busy sifting through thousands of items, photos, documents and artifacts. Most of what is contained in our collection has been stored haphazardly through the years and the archive team has been cleaning, stabilizing and organizing each individual piece in the collection. Through the team’s hard work, these items have been organized into eras delineated by the tenures of each of the band’s 13 leaders, and a database has been created to begin the process of cataloging each item. This stage is going to take us well into the next decade. Additionally, we have reached out to alumni to locate and reclaim materials that have been lost to deterioration. Talking to the alumni is one of my favorite things; the stories that accompany these documents have provided perspective and a wealth of information. It is their service that helped make our great organization and we will never forget that.
My interest in military band history began long before I was a member of the Navy Band. My grandfather was a member of the United States Marine Band from 1927-1954. I grew up with his stories of that band, and as a child I attended summer military band concerts at the U.S. Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Navy Yard and the Sylvan Theater. As long as I can remember I have been part of the great tradition of military music. This interest lends itself very well to the position of archivist. When I became the head archivist two years ago, I felt honored that I was charged with preserving the history that I had witnessed for so long.
In a lot of ways the Navy Band archives, and those archives located at the other military bands in Washington, D.C., contain small pieces of American history. For instance, when the U.S. government argued in 1931 about whether the “Star Spangled Banner” should be our national anthem, it was the Navy Band who was called to the chambers of Congress to prove its suitability for singing. It must have been a good performance, because we all know the rest of the story.
The Navy Band traveled with President Warren Harding on the first presidential visit to Alaska in 1923. It was said that Harding, an amateur trombone player, enjoyed sitting in and playing with the band. During this trip, the president died from a sudden heart attack. In his honor, the Navy Band played “Nearer My God to Thee” while the body departed San Francisco for Washington, D.C. In 1927, the band performed an arrival ceremony on the Washington Navy Yard for Charles Lindbergh and one in 1929 for Rear Admiral Richard Byrd. Every day we uncover a new picture or document that adds to our heritage. Our archive tells the story of how the band entertained the country during 85 years of national concert tours, supported our troops during countless ceremonies and protocol performances, served as national and cultural diplomats in foreign lands, and honored the service of our shipmates in Arlington National Cemetery.
What are the archives team’s current projects?
While our research into the best storage and preservation methods for our archives is very important, I am most excited about our special projects. One is the Legacy Project, designed to capture the memories of our retiring band members and the band alumni through filmed interviews. Senior Chief Logan is capturing these memories through filmed interviews. Another is our research on diversity in Navy music. We have spent the last year creating a presentation entitled “Navy Music Pioneers: A History of African Americans in Navy Music.” It is a wonderful narrative of the complex relationships between the Navy, our music, and our society. We presented this to the Armed Forces School of Music and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Association this year and produced a twenty minute movie on the topic that was shown at the National Naval Officers Association-Association of Naval Services Officer (NNOA-ANSO) Professional Development and Training Conference Symposium. We will present this topic in a lecture/recital at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in November.
Our goal is to eventually display more of our items around our building, and to have an organized and easily accessible collection which can serve as a research vehicle. We are working hard to bring the archives out of boxes by establishing display areas around our building. Additionally, we are working with our new webmaster, Chief Musician Stacy Loggins, to have a bigger presence on the new Navy Band website. For example, we have written an article that describes our first leader, Lieutenant Charles Benter. While he is officially listed as our first leader, we have found there was one who came before him. Please check the Historic Moment section of the website to find the answer.
by MUCS Aaron Porter
Make your plans now to attend the Navy Band’s 34th International Saxophone
Symposium, on January 7 and 8, 2011 at the George Mason University
Center for the Arts at 4400 University Drive in Fairfax, Va. Clinics and
recitals on Friday the 7th start at 4 p.m., and the opening concert is at 8 p.m.
featuring the Concert Band and guest artists Branford Marsalis, Chien-Kwan
Lin, Barry Cockroft and the Concert Band’s principal saxophonist, Senior
Chief Musician Timothy Roberts. Clinics on Saturday the 8th are scheduled
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the concluding concert is at 8 p.m. with the Commodores jazz ensemble featuring guest artist Branford Marsalis. All events
are free with no tickets required, so mark your calendars now, and keep an
eye on our Web site, www.navyband.navy.mil for more information about
Commodores Fall Tour
The Commodores jazz ensemble
departs November 3 on a 20-day tour
through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and
Maryland. Visit the Commodores Tour Page for more details.
Douglas Bailard (1944-2010)
(Originally posted by the Estes Park (Colo.) News. Edited for length.)
The Navy Band mourns the passing of former Navy Band member and French horn
instrumentalist Senior Chief Musician Douglas D. Bailard. He died on July 1, 2010 with his
wife, Lois, family and friends at his side.
Bailard was born June 2, 1944 to the late Gordon and Edna Blake Bailard in Santa Barbara, Calif. He attended school in Santa Barbara including two summers at the Music Academy of the West where his talent playing the French horn was nurtured. His love of music lead him to The Manhattan School of Music in New York. In 1964 Bailard won an audition for the U.S. Navy Band and enlisted. He transferred to the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md. in 1983, retired from the Navy in 1987 and moved to Estes Park, Colorado.
In Estes Park, Bailard and his wife owned and operated Mary’s Lake Campground for 10 years. He joined the Boulder Philharmonic, playing principal horn for 10 years and performed with the Estes Park Village Band, the Estes Park Oratorio Society and with a brass quintet. He was also an avid golfer and loved to fish, play tennis and go on camping trips.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, his brother, two nieces, two nephews and seven great nieces and nephews.