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240608-N-NO246-1013 WASHINGTON (June 8, 2024) Musician 1st Class Ashleigh Leas, from San Antonio, Texas, and Musician 1st Class Madeline Jarzembak, from Philadelphia, Pa., perform as part of the Navy Band Flute/Harp Duo. The Navy Band presented this concert as part of its chamber recital series.  (U.S. Navy Photo by Musician 1st Class Ava Conway)

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2024): Summer is here and that means the Navy Band and its talented artists will be on display during a series of performances at our nation’s Capital. In this photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ava Conway, Petty Officer 1st Class Ashleigh Leas and Petty Officer 1st Class Madeline Jarzembak perform as part of the Navy Band’s flute and harp duo during the band’s chamber recital series.

The Navy’s premier Concert/Ceremonial Band is staffed by 85 musicians who rotate between concert and ceremonial duties. The band is recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world and has dazzled audiences for over a century. The concert band unit performs marches, patriotic selections, and modern wind ensembles on national tours and public conferences throughout the year. They also perform at official government functions and special events including those held at the White House. The Navy Band also has the honor of conducting ceremonies for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

Military bands can trace their beginnings to simple fife and snare drum units used to communicate signals on the battlefield. Today, military bands play an important patriotic role for soldiers and citizens alike and some of our most famous entertainers honed their talents while serving with military bands.

Residents and visitors to Washington can enjoy their family-oriented performances virtually any day during the summer months for free.