Navy Bands have always been an integral part of the Naval presence in Newport, dating back at least to the Civil War period. Navy Band Northeast was established in 1974, and is one of 13 official bands of the United States Navy worldwide. Under the direction of Lieutenant Commander Carl J. Gerhard, the band is attached to the Naval War College on board Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Northeastern United States.
Navy Band Northeast provides musical support for military ceremonies, recruiting, morale and retention programs, community relations, and partnership in education programs. This 45-member command performs over 500 engagements annually throughout an 11 state Area of Responsibility.
Navy Band Northeast provides a wide spectrum of musical entertainment. Whether it is the traditional sounds of a military marching band, the swing of jazz, chamber music, or the contemporary and popular music of today, Navy Band Northeast has a band for most any occasion. Each ensemble inspires patriotism, elevates esprit de corps, and fosters pride in the United States Naval Service.
Components of Navy Band Northeast include: the "Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble"; the "Northeast Navy Showband"; the popular music group "Rhode Island Sound"; the "Navy Band Northeast Chamber Winds"; the brass quintet "Top Brass"; the woodwind quintet “Cross Winds”; Protocol Ensembles consisting of: Flute & Guitar Duo, Solo Piano, Solo Guitar, Jazz Combo, and Vocal & Guitar; and the all-hands Ceremonial/Marching Band. These units perform a wide range of music from patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country, and the latest top-40 hits.
Navy Band Northeast is recognized as one of the nation's finest military bands. They continually strive to define, realize, and maintain the highest standards of excellence in the military and musical communities.
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347 Easton Street
Newport, RI 02841
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