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Disc One - Navy Band (1925-2000)



1. Anchors Aweigh

Lt. Charles A. Zimmerman


2. Humoresque

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
arr. Charles J. Roberts


3. Overture to Candide

Leonard Bernstein
arr. Walter Beeler


4. Fugue 'n Swing

CDR Donald Stauffer


5. Joyce's 71st N.Y. Regiment

Thornton Barnes Boyer
arr. Mayhew L. Lake


6. March and Procession of Bacchus from "Silvia"

Leo Delibes
arr. Tom Clark


7. Overture to the Wasps

Ralph Vaughan Williams
arr. David Ward


8. Jubilee Overture

Philip Sparke


9. An American in Paris

George Gershwin
arr. MUCM Jerry Brubaker


10. Bum's Rush

Donald Grantham


11. Le Chasseur Maudit

César Franck
arr. CDR Donald W. Stauffer


12. I am the American Sailor

MUCM Jere Wallace/MUCM Jeffrey Taylor



Disc Two - Sea Chanters Chorus (1956-2000)


1. Sailor's Chorus

arr. Joseph Parry


2. Believe Me, Dearest Susan

arr. Fred Davison


3. High Barbary

Marshall Bartholomew
arr. Arthur E. Hall


4. The Constitution and Guerriere

arr. Richard Davis


5. Lowlands

arr. Roger Wagner


6. Blow the Man Down

arr. Alice Parker/Robert Shaw


7. Eternal Father

John B. Dykes
arr. Tom Scott


8. Ezekiel Saw Da Wheel

arr. William L. Dawson


9. Battle Hymn of the Republic

arr. Vaclav Nelhybel


10. The Light of Man

Richard A. Donn


11. Where is the Newborn King

Andreas Hammerschmidt


12. Break Forth, O Beauteous Light

J. S. Bach


13. Soon Ah Will Be Done

arr. William L. Dawson


14. America... The Dream Goes On

John Williams/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman
arr. John Higgins/Paul Lavender


15. Shenandoah

arr. Roger Wagner


16. O Vos Omnes (O Ye People)

Pablo Casals


17. Waternight

Eric Whitacre


18. How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps

Robert H. Young


19. A Jubilant Song

Norman Dello Joio


20. Can't Buy Me Love

John Lennon/Paul McCartney
arr. Keith Abbs


21. From "Three Ancient Prayers:" Cause Us, O Lord

Ron Nelson



Disc Three - Commodores Jazz Ensemble (1969-2000)



1. Take the 'A' Train

Billy Strayhorn
arr. Don Sebesky


2. I've Gotta Be Me

Walter Marks
arr. MUCM Jeffrey Taylor


3. A Tribute to Art Fern

Rob McConnell
arr. Rob McConnell


4. Besame Mucho

Consulo Velazquiz


5. You Made Me Love You

James Monaco
arr. Ralph Martino


6. Shiny Stockings

Frank Foster
arr. Frank Foster


7. My Funny Valentine

Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart
arr. MUCM Jeffrey Taylor


8. Malaguena

Ernesto Lecuona

arr. Bill Holman


9. Willow Weep For Me

Ann Ronell
arr. LCDR William Brittan


10. Spirit of Fire

MUCM Harvey Coonin
arr. MUCM Harvey Coonin


11. I Thought About You

James Van Heusen/Johnny Mercer
arr. MUC W. Scott Ragsdale


12. Nutville

Horace Silver
arr. MUCM Gerard Ascione


13. The Unbeliever

MUC Phil Burlin
arr. MUC Phil Burlin


14. Connect the Dots

MU1 Clyde Connor
arr. SSG Vince Norman


15. Tones for Joan's Bones

Chick Corea
arr. MUC Scott Silbert



Disc Four - Country Current Country-Bluegrass Group (1973-2000)


1. Last Thing on my Mind

Tom Paxton


2. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do)

Kris Kristofferson


3. A Good Hearted Woman

Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson


4. Boogie Grass Band

Ronnie Reno


5. Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues

C. Daniels/Taz Digregorio/Tom Crain/Charlie Hayward/Jack Gavin


6. You Decorated My Life

Bob Morrison/Debbie Hipp


7. The Fox Chased O'er the Hill

MUCM Jerry Gilmore


8. Old Time Pickn' Medley

MUCM Jerry Gilmore


9. You're The Lady Who

MUCS Mike Stein


10. Uncle Pen

Bill Monroe


11. Dueling Banjos

Arthur Smith


12. San Antonio Rose (Rose of San Antonio)

Bob Wills


13. Let Freedom Ring

MUCS Wayne Taylor


14. We Are With You

MUCS Mike Stein
arr. MUCS Mike Stein


15. Rocky Top

Boudeleaux and Felice Bryant


16. Hey Good Lookin'

Hank Williams


17. Heart of Caroline

MUCS Wayne Taylor


18. Sugarland Run

MU1 Keith Arneson


19. Mercury Blues

K.C. Douglas/Rober L. Geddins
arr. MUCM Robert Sullivan


20. When You Say Nothing At All

Paul Overstreet/Don Schlitz


21. A Walk in the Irish Rain

Steve Spurgin


22. Highway 40 Blues

Larry Cordie




Liner Notes

Regarding the Project

This project culminates many hours of research, technical wizardry and the tireless dedication of many members of The United States Navy Band. It is fitting that we celebrate our 75th Anniversary with a permanent and significant tribute to the rich musical heritage of the men and women who devoted their lives to their country and Navy by producing music of the highest quality. The United States Navy Band has an exciting and rich history that is steeped in the great traditions of our emerging nation. The Navy and Navy music literally "grew up" together to each become a powerful force in our nation's history. The rich heritage of Navy music stems from the historic Washington Navy Yard, the oldest naval establishment in the United States. The Navy Band makes its home in the "Sail Loft," a building that housed not only the early sail makers, but later, as the "Gun Factory," produced some of our ships most fearsome armaments, the long guns. This narrative, along with a musical journey back to our beginnings, will tell the story of "Tradition" that is the hallmark of this unique, proud organization, The United States Navy Band.


One of the major challenges of this project was selecting quality recordings from the different eras of the band. Unfortunately, many of the old tapes were not properly labeled with the recording date or who the conductor was. Some of the tapes were in such poor condition they required a special reconditioning process that actually "baked" the tapes so they could be played and remastered digitally.


To best portray the Navy Band in recorded history, it was decided to select a work by each of the band's leaders that most accurately reflected the sound of the concert band (or orchestra) at that period in time. Disc one represents a chronological listing of Navy Band leaders from Lieutenant Charles Benter to the current leader, Commander Ralph M. Gambone. Discs two, three and four chronicle the Navy Band's specialty groups, the Sea Chanters chorus, the Commodores jazz ensemble and Country Current country-bluegrass group from the time they were established. These discs contain remastered cuts from previously recorded albums as well as more recent digital recordings.


The Navy Band released its first "in house" recording, The United States Navy Band presents the Commodores in 1970. Previous recordings were sponsored by other organizations and released under the auspices of that organization. Some of the Navy organizations represented include the Navy League, Navy Recruiting Command and the Music Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Commercially recorded and sold albums were released by Conqueror Recordings and RCA Victor in the early 1940s. The last such endeavor was produced by RCA Victor in 1964 and featured the Navy Band and Sea Chanters chorus entitled, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents The United States Navy Band and The Sea Chanters.


The Navy Band's largest recording project was a 15-volume set of march records entitled, Heritage of the March, under the baton of the band's fourth leader, Commander Donald W. Stauffer. Conceived as "A Musical Salute to America's Bicentennial," Cmdr. Stauffer was compelled to do a series of recordings that would carry on the great band traditions of Conway, Pryor, Fillmore and others which came to a climax in the early twentieth century with the famous Sousa band. Stauffer found as the band toured the country, people loved to hear the band play stirring march music for "it is in the march that a band is most at home, with invigorating music specifically composed to enhance its best qualities." He also believed it was fitting to include many foreign march composers who "like their American counterparts, are threatened by historic obscurity." Instrumental in producing the recordings was Mr. Robert Hoe of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Hoe was an ardent band music collector who gave much personal time and money to bandmasters across the country and abroad to see the entire series of march albums surpass 200 volumes. Captain William J. Phillips recorded an additional two volumes in the series in the late 70s.


Through the years the Navy Band has collaborated with some of the best known names in the entertainment field on its recording projects. The names Lionel Hampton, Julius La Rosa, Burl Ives, Mike Wallace and Academy Award winner Gregory Peck all appear on Navy Band recordings. In addition, some of the world's greatest band composers were commissioned to write original works: John Cacavas, Jay Chattaway, Clare Grundman, Robert Jager, Claude T. Smith, and Robert W. Smith. The Navy Band's own talented arranging staff has also contributed hundreds of outstanding arrangements and original compositions.


Since that first "in house" production in 1970, the Navy Band has recorded exclusively using its own recording engineers and equipment. Technology has evolved from a four-track analog studio to a fully digital 32-track studio with discreet editing and two-track mastering capabilities. The band's first compact disc Premiere, was released in 1990 under the band's seventh leader, Commander Allen E. Beck.


Realizing the importance of quality recorded music that benefits the Navy as a recruiting tool and countless music educators looking for demonstration recordings for their students, the Navy Band has put an emphasis on producing compact discs each year. For a complete Navy Band discography, please see page xx of this booklet. The Navy Band makes these quality recordings available to public libraries, educational institutions and radio stations around the world and to Navy sea and shore commands. These recordings are intended to increase public awareness of the United States Navy and foster an appreciation of concert band, choral, jazz and country music. Because appropriated funds were used to produce these recordings, they cannot be sold or distributed for private use.



Navy Band Radio Broadcasts


The Navy Band began recording for radio as early as 1921 according to early records. This precedes the official recognition of the band by an Act of Congress in 1925 and points to the popularity and demand for the band under its first leader, Lieutenant Charles Benter. The first broadcast was relayed via station NAA, the old Naval Radio Station at Arlington, Va. The band recorded weekly radio broadcasts for the Mutual Broadcasting Network transmitted from a hangar at the Anacostia Naval Air Station in southeast Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, no written records exist from this period and any sound recordings that may have been made are not available.


The bulk of early Navy Band recordings are transcription discs made during the band's long association with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) when it aired and recorded "The Navy Hour," which ran from 1945 to 1968, making it one of the longest, continuous running series in radio history. The first broadcast was on July 10, 1945 from Lisner Auditorium and featured Lt. Robert Taylor, USNR as Master of Ceremonies. Lt.j.g. Gene Kelly, USNR, joined Taylor to give a dramatic tribute to the Submarine Service. All future broadcasts were done at the Sail Loft and followed a simple, effective format – music, guest stars and a short message delivered by a person of national importance.


Telephone lines carried live broadcasts that originated from the Sail Loft to local radio stations where the acetate discs were cut. Some of the discs were returned to the Navy Band for retention but many were lost or acquired by private collectors. The Navy Band's collection of transcription discs now resides at the National Archives Division of Motion Pictures, Sound and Video Recordings in College Park, Md.


In a memorandum to the Chief of Staff dated May 1946, then Lieutenant Charles Brendler discusses the band's recording schedule at that time:


Tuesdays NBC (network) 1230 to 1300
Wednesdays WINX (local) 1330 to 1400
Thursdays MBS (coast to coast) 1130 to 1200


Brendler goes on to say; "U.S. Navy Band programs are classified by broadcasters as educational. Although, according to the General Counsel's Office of the Federal Communications Commission, broadcasters are not legally bound to allocate a specific portion of free time to Educational programs, the FCC expects broadcasters to give time in the Public interest…the sound booth in the Sail Loft belongs to this activity. Broadcasting and telephone lines are installed and maintained by the respective companies…it has been the policy of this office during the war to cooperate with government agencies, especially the Radio Section, Office of Public Information, Navy Department, in the dissemination of information to the public."


In addition to the transcription discs recorded in correlation with radio broadcasts, the Navy Band was active in recording phonograph records beginning in the 1930s under Lieutenant Charles Benter. Eventually, over 50 commercial recordings were listed in the "Brunswick Catalogue of Phonograph Records." Several additional recordings have been commercially released through Columbia Records, Victor Records (RCA) and Gramophone Records, according to the Library of Congress. It is unfortunate that complete records of Benter's military career are unavailable, however, Benter was awarded the "Order of St. Sava" by King Alexander I of Yugoslavia for his contributions to recorded music sometime in 1932.


The Navy Band's final association with radio was National Public Radio's "Greatest Bands in the Land" series beginning in 1986 and ending 1989.


We hope you enjoy this look back at your United States Navy Band and its specialty units. It has been a labor of love for all the members involved and one we shall treasure for a long time.



Disc One, Navy Band


Taken from a 1929 acetate recording, the disc begins with the Navy Band's first leader, Lt. Charles Benter conducting the official Navy song, "Anchors Aweigh," by Lt. Charles A. Zimmermann.


The band's second leader, Cmdr. Charles Brendler, conducts The United States Navy Band Symphony Orchestra in Charles J. Roberts' arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Humoresque." It is taken from Reel #248 recorded in 1955.


Lt. Cmdr. Anthony A. Mitchell, the band's third leader conducts the third selection, Leonard Bernstein's ‘Overture' to "Candide." The album, A Musical Salute to You, was produced by the Naval Air Systems Command for the Naval Material Command Zero Defects Program and released in 1964.


The original composition, "Fugue ‘N Swing," by the band's fourth leader, Cmdr. Donald W. Stauffer, is taken from the 1970 Navy Band recording, On Tour. Stauffer comments, "The fugue is a strict example of the classical form composed in the style of the Baroque composers. The second portion is a rather faithful repetition, except that all the contrapuntal figures are framed independently in ‘swing' rhythmic patterns, and accompanied by a steady percussion and ‘walking bass' background."


The march, "Joyce's 71st N.Y. Regiment" by Thomas Barnes Boyer is taken from the 1978 Tour de Force album and is under the baton of the band's fifth leader, Cmdr. Ned Muffley.


Lt. Cmdr. William J. Phillips leads the Navy Band in Leo Delibes' exciting ‘March and Procession of Bacchus' from "Silvia," first heard on the 1979 In Concert recording.


The Navy Band's first compact disc recording, Premiere, was released in 1990 and features a collection of concert works from the band's extensive repertoire. Under the baton of Cmdr. Allen E. Beck, the band's seventh leader the band is at its best on Chief Musician David Ward's transcription of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Overture to the Wasps."


The 1992 Jubilee CD commemorated the band's sixty-seventh year of service to America. The release coincided with the American Bandmaster's Association (ABA) Convention held in Washington, D.C. A founding father of ABA, the band's first leader, Lt. Charles Benter, was an advocate for the composition of original works for bands. Jubilee included original works and transcriptions by Navy Band composers to emphasize their continuing efforts to enhance the value and importance of wind music in America. Philip Sparke's title tune "Jubilee Overture," is conducted by the band's eighth leader, Cmdr. Philip H. Field.


One of America's most favorite and recognizable tunes, George Gershwin's "An American in Paris," appears on the 1994 Bravo! CD. Capt. William J. Phillips, the first music officer to ever attain the rank of Captain and the only Navy Band leader to serve two terms is the conductor for this CD.


Donald Grantham's "Bum's Rush" was recorded on the 1997 Ports of Call CD. The term "bum's rush" dates back to the 1940s and literally means to forcibly eject a person usually from a nightclub. In context, it often referred to a person of somewhat dubious character, as in "He's nothing but a bum's rush." University of Texas composer Donald Grantham selected the intriguing title for this piece to match the music, which creates a dark, menacing and morally ambivalent atmosphere?the kind likely to attract a "bum's rush." The band's tenth leader, Lt. Cmdr. John R. Pastin is the conductor for the CD.


The final two selections are from the 1999 "Mystic Chords of Memory" CD and are conducted by Cmdr. Ralph M. Gambone, the eleventh leader of the Navy Band. Cesar Franck's "Le Chasseur Maudit" is arranged by former leader, Cmdr. Donald W. Stauffer. Distinguished film star and Academy Award winner, Mr. Gregory Peck, joined the Navy Band in October 1998 to honor the United States Navy's 223rd Birthday. On that program he narrated "I Am the American Sailor," a work that describes the various roles of the American Sailor throughout our nation's history. He graciously consented to narrate the piece for the purpose of this recording. Two talented Navy Band Master Chief Musicians collaborated on this stirring piece: Jere Wallace, who penned the script and Jeffrey Taylor, who composed the music. Wallace's career with the Navy Band included service as the Narrator for the Concert Band and Director of Public Affairs, and Taylor served as Command Master Chief, Leader of the "Commodores" jazz ensemble and Chief Arranger.



Disc Two, Sea Chanters Chorus


Under the direction of CWO John R. Bledsoe, the 1971 album, The United States Navy Band presents The Sea Chanters. Roger Wagner's arrangement of "Lowlands," features baritone soloist MUC Robert L. Sisson, and Alice Parker and Robert Shaw's arrangement of "Blow the Man Down," features bass soloist, MU1 Robert H. Hedrick.


The 1976 album, Total Entertainment, with MUCM Robert L. Sisson as leader and conductor features the a cappella men's chorus performing Joseph Parry's "The Sailors Chorus," the traditional "Believe Me, Dearest Susan," features the arranger and baritone soloist, MU1 J. Frederick Davison III, and John B. Dykes' "Eternal Father."


The 1977 cassette tape, Sea Chanties, features Arthur E. Hall's arrangement of "High Barbary," and Richard B. Davis' arrangement of "The Constitution and the Guerriere."


MUC James L. Turk conducts the Sea Chanters on the 1983 album, Sing A New Song. William L. Dawson's arrangement of "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel," features tenor soloist, MU1 Thomas T. Lewis, and Vaclav Nelhybel's arrangement of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," features baritone soloist, MUC Ronald Norman.


With MUCM Ronald M. Chiles serving as leader, pianist and conductor, the 1987 holiday recording, O' Tannenbaum is supported by additional band groups. MUC Richard Donn's original compostion, "The Light of Man," features baritone soloist, MUC Ronald Norman and pianist, MUCM Ronald M. Chiles. The Navy Band Baroque Chamber Players are featured on Andreas Hammerschmidt's "Where is the Newborn King." The Navy Band Brass Ensemble is featured on J. S. Bach's "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light."


William L. Dawson's arrangement of "Soon Ah Will Be Done," is taken from a 1989 tour promotion tape. It features an a cappella mixed chorus.


MUC W. Scott Ragsdale's arrangement of John Williams, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman's "America…The Dream Goes On," and Roger Wagner arrangement of "Shenandoah," are taken from the 1990 Showcase CD.


MUCM Chuck Yates conducts the Sea Chanters on their most recent CDs. From the 1997 Songs of Sailors and of the Sea CD we hear Pablo Casals' "O Vos Omnes" (O Ye People), Eric Whitacre and Octavio Paz' "Waternight," Robert H. Young's "How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps," and Norman Dello Joio's "A Jubilant Song."


From the 1999 Sea Chanters on Tour CD is Keith Abbs arrangement of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "Can't Buy Me Love," from "The King's Singers Lennon & McCartney Collection," and Ron Nelson's "Cause Us, O Lord," from "Three Ancient Prayers."



Disc Three, Commodores Jazz Ensemble


Under the skillful leadership of composer and arranger, MUCM Jeffrey A. Taylor, a two time leader of the Commodores, produced the following seven selections. Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," is from the 1970 The United States Navy Band presents the Commodores recording. Featured soloists are trumpeter, MUC James W. Howard and trombonist, MU1 Howard Lamb. From the 1983 Full Swing Ahead album, we hear Taylor's arrangement of Walter Mark's "I've Gotta Be Me," a vocal feature for MUC Bob Drummond and Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings," features MU1 Jim Hayward on tenor saxophone.


From the 1979 The Commodores!! album, Canadian composer Rob McConnell starts off with "A Tribute to Art Fern," featuring tenor saxophonist, MUC Barry Weinstein, and trombonist, MU1 Howard Lamb. Taylor returns with his arrangement of "My Funny Valentine," featuring vocalist MU1 Bob Drummond. Drummond is also featured along with MUC Ron Diehl on MUC Ralph Martino's arrangement of J. Monaco's "You Made Me Love You."


From the 1976 Total Entertainment album is Bill Holman's arrangement of "Besame Mucho," featuring MU1 Gary Marcus on tenor saxophone.


Drummer, MUCM Gary Elliott is the Commodores leader on the 1987 Some Bop album. MU1 Harvey Coonin's original composition, "Spirit of Fire," features flutist, MU1 Jim Hayward, pianist, MUC Jerry Ascione, and guitarist, MU1 Steve Abshire.


Taken from a 1986 unreleased master, Bill Holman's arrangement of "Malaguena" features trombonist, MUC John Jensen, tenor saxophonist, MU1 David Schiff and lead trumpeter, MUC Gary Adams. MUCM Jeff Taylor is the leader.


Pianist and arranger, MUCM Jerry Ascione took the reins as leader of the Commodores for the following four selections. LCDR William Britain's arrangement of "Willow Weep for Me" was a perfect vehicle to Showcase the extraordinary guitar talents of MUC Steve Abshire in 1990.


From the 1995 Here and Now CD we hear tenor saxophonist, MU1 Phil Burlin on his original composition, "The Unbeliever," and MUCS Jerry Ascione's arrangement of Horace Silver's "Nutville," featuring trumpeter, MUC Tom Palance, guitarist, MUC Steve Abshire, and drummer, MU1 Clyde Connor.


In 1994, the Navy Band released the Coast to Coast CD that featured the four distinct touring groups. SSG Vince Norman from the U.S. Army Field Band's "Jazz Ambassadors" arranged MU1 Clyde Connor's original composition, "Connect The Dots." The piece features guitarist, MUC Steve Abshire and the composer on drums.


Bass trombonist, MUCM Lee Gause, the current leader of the Commodores leads the group in the next two selections from the 1998 Sessions on M Street, S.E. CD. MUC Scott Silbert's arrangement of Chick Corea's "Tones for Joan's Bones," features pianist, MUCS Jeffry Deegan, trombonist, MU1 Jamie Way, and tenor saxophonist, MUC Philip Burlin.


The last cut features vocalist, MU1 Yolanda Pelzer and alto saxophonist, MU1 Bill Mulligan on MUC W. Scott Ragsdale's arrangement of Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Mercer's "I Thought About You".



Disc Four, Country Current Country-Bluegrass Group


Country Current's first album, Goin' Country with the Current, under the direction of legendary banjoist and leader, MUC Bill Emerson, was produced by the Navy Recruiting Command and released in 1974. Featured is the group's first Master of Ceremonies and lead vocalist, MU1 Eddie Davidson on Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing On My Mind," and Kris Kristofferson's "Lovin' Her Was Easier."


The Country Current 78 album features vocalist, MUC Jerry Gilmore on Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's "Good Hearted Woman."


The next two selections are taken from the 1979 recording, We Pick The Navy. R. Reno's "Boogie Grass Band," features vocalist, MU1 Ben Winter, and Charlie Daniels, "Redneck Fiddlin' Man," features Leader and lead vocalist MUCS Jerry Gilmore.


The 1981 recording, Changing Current signaled a change in direction for the group. The album ventured into the more traditional bluegrass sounds and featured several original compositions. Vocalist, MU1 Ben Winter is featured on Kenny Rogers' "You Decorated My Life." Leader and lead vocalist, MUCM Jerry Gilmore is featured on his original composition "The Fox Chase O'er The Hill." The "Old Time Pickin' Medley" (Over the Waterfall/Cherokee Shuffle) features Musical Director and banjoist, MUCS Bill Emerson, fiddler, MU1 Mike Stein, and mandolin and guitarist, MU1 Jeff Agnew. Stein is also featured on his composition "You're The Lady Who."


The 1984 recording, A Decade of Service commemorated Country Current's first ten years. MUCM Jerry Gilmore is featured on Bill Monroe's "Uncle Penn." Arthur Smith's "Dueling Banjos" features the talents of MUCS Bill Emerson, and guitarist, MU1 Mike Stein.


The 1995 release, Remembering…THE NAVY HOUR compact disc, commemorated the 50th Anniversary of World War II and featured the talent and diversity of The United States Navy Band. Hosted by CBS News Correspondent Mike Wallace, the CD was patterned after the successful and popular Navy Hour radio program. The collection included a variety of musical styles reminiscent of the World War II era. Wills' "San Antonio Rose," featured lead vocalist MUC Wayne Taylor.


The next two selections are originals written in support of Operation Desert Storm. MUC Mike Stein's "We Are With You," was performed on ABC's "Good Morning America" television show and on TNN's "Nashville Now" in 1991. The song also aired on over 500 radio and television stations in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. MUC Wayne Taylor's "Let Freedom Ring," was performed on ABC's "Good Morning America" in 1992.


MUCM Robert E. Sullivan was the group's leader for these final selections. The Sugarland Run CD was released in 1995 and contains the ever popular "Rocky Top," featuring lead vocalist, MUC Wayne Taylor. Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin," features vocalist and guitarist, MUCS Robert Sullivan. Taylor is again featured on his original composition, "Heart of Caroline." The title tune, "Sugarland Run," was composed by banjoist, MU1 Keith Arneson and showcases the Bluegrass Quartet.


The Havin A Ball CD was released in 1999. Lead vocalist, MUCS Wayne Taylor is featured on the following four selections. K.C. Douglas and Robert L. Geddings' "Mercury Blues," Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz' "When You Say Nothing At All," the Bluegrass Quartet feature, Steve Spurgin's "A Walk in the Irish Rain," and Larry Cordle's "Highway 40 Blues."




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