US Navy Band Sea Chanters
The Navy Band Sea Chanters are the United States Navy’s official chorus. The US Navy Band Sea Chanters are the United States Navy’s official chorus. Join us for an evening of fun as they tour the Pacific Northwest and make a stop in Ashland. Performance is Tuesday, March 14th at 7:30pm at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
The ensemble performs a variety of music including traditional choral music, sea chanteys, patriotic fare, opera, Broadway and contemporary music.
The Sea Chanters regularly perform for the public in the Washington, D.C., area and throughout the United States while on national tours. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a vocal group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. Recognizing the ensemble’s immediate success, Adm. Arleigh Burke, then Chief of Naval Operations, transferred the group to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea.
In 1980, the group added women to its ranks and expanded its repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway. The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including inauguration day performances and state funerals. They have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia and the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United Airlines flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Their performance of “Amazing Grace” for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington after the events of 9/11 inspired all in attendance as well as a national television audience.
In 2004, the chorus participated in President Reagan’s funeral at the National Cathedral, and in 2007 performed in the U.S. Capitol’s rotunda as President Ford was lying in state. The chorus was instrumental in the dedication ceremonies of the World War II memorials in Bedford, Virginia, and in Washington.
In 1994, they provided music at the funeral of President Nixon in Yorba Linda, California, and the interment of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery. They have appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra for the nationally telecast “National Memorial Day Concerts” at the U.S. Capitol. In addition, the group has appeared on “Larry King Live” and “CBS This Morning” as well as at the premier of the movie “Pearl Harbor.”
In 2008, the Sea Chanters performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Mack Wilburg. Noted choral directors Dale Warland and Donald Neuen have guest conducted the ensemble, and renowned composers Michael McCarthy, Roger Bourland, William MacDuff and Lloyd Pfautsch have written works especially for the ensemble. Other notable orchestral appearances include the Kansas City Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Sea Chanters have enjoyed a great reputation performing with such stars as Perry Como, Marian Anderson, Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie. Throughout their history, the Sea Chanters have remained true to the Navy’s watchwords of pride and professionalism, and they continue to flourish as a vibrant ensemble.
Date and Time
Tuesday Mar 14, 2023
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM PDT
Tuesday, March 14th
SOU Music Recital Hall
450 S Mountain Ave,
Free, ticket required to attend
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OCA Box Office, 541-552-6348