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CHARLESTON, S.C.(Jan. 23)--The U.S. Navy Band will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel's campus. Ten cadets from The Citadel Band will perform with the Navy Band. The public is invited to attend. The band will perform military marches, symphonic selections and many other popular favorites.

     The 56-piece Navy Band is recognized by many as "The World's Finest" and is staffed by some of the nation's best musicians, many of whom are graduates of outstanding universities and schools of music. Established on Mar. 4, 1925, by an act of Congress the band presents numerous public concerts in the Washington metropolitan area and tours the country annually.

     The Navy Band has participated in 17 Presidential Inaugurals. The band also presents honors at White House and Pentagon ceremonies and performs at memorial services in Arlington National Cemetery.

     The Navy's top musicians are also featured in national events such as the 1976 celebration of our nation's bicentennial in New York Harbor; the 1986 rededication of the Statute of Liberty; the U.S. Constitution bicentennial; the Desert Storm victory celebrations in Washington and New York; and the rededication of the Statue of Freedom and bicentennial of the U.S. Capitol Building. In addition, the band produces and appears in the weekly Navy Summer Pageant at the Washington Navy Yard.

     The Navy Band is lead by Capt. William J. Phillips of Kannapolis, N.C. Phillips enlisted in the Navy as a trombone instrumentalist in 1957. He has served with Navy bands at sea and ashore before receiving his commission in 1969.

     The Navy Band occupies a prominent position in the national limelight, both as a service tradition and distinguished musical organization.

     For more information, contact The Citadel's Student Activities Office at 953- 5111


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