the army, marine or air Force bands to help locate music we don’t have. after a concert or ceremony is
completed, I catalog and file away all of the music for future use. I also keep records of when and where we
perform each piece of music as a resource for the officers and to maintain a history of the band’s appear-
ances. It’s a complicated process, but I get a lot of help from my team of assistants.
What do enjoy doing when you are not working?
I perform in the D.C. area – chamber and orchestral ensembles, musicals and solo recitals. When I’m
not doing that, I am either hanging out with my dog, bicycling or working in my garden. I have taken several
trips abroad in the past few years and really enjoy seeing the world.
U.S. NAVY BAND & SPECIALTY UNITS
The U.S. Navy Band and specialty groups present the following FREE concerts. Tickets or reservations are not required
JULy/aUGUST 2008 • VOLUme 29 • NUmber 4
unless noted (*). For more information call (202) 433-2525 or visit www.navyband.navy.mil.
NAVY BAND JULY COMMODORES
sunday, July 20 aT 3 p.m.
2008 SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE McLean Central Park Gazebo
The U.S. Navy Band and specialty groups present the following FREE concerts. For more information call (202) 433-2525. NAVY BAND 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
saTuRday, auGusT 16 aT 8:45 p.m.
CELEBRATES ALUMNI WEEKEND
u.s. CapITOl u.s. naVy mEmORIal sunday, July 27, 7 p.m. McLean, Va.
William A. Humbert Amphitheater Main Stage
(WEsT sIdE) 701 pEnnsylVanIa aVE., n.W. FRIday, July 25 aT 6:30 p.m. Denton, Md.
mOndays, July 7 – auGusT 25 aT 8 p.m. TuEsdays, July 1 – auGusT 26 aT 8 p.m. 29 Hickory Ave. Vienna Town Green
by MUCS Aaron Porter
Bel Air, Md. saTuRday, auGusT 23 aT 7 p.m.
July 7, Country Current July 1, Navy Band, Sea Chanters & Cruisers 144 Maple Ave., E.
n Monday, August 4 at from years past and perform Featured as soloists on the con- Leesylvania State Park
14, Commodores 8, Commodores 8 p.m., you are invited together once more. Newer cert will be retired Master Chiefs NAVY BAND, Vienna, Va.
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive
21, Country Current 15, Country Current to help the Navy Band members enjoy hearing tales of Marty Erickson and Dale Under- SEA CHANTERS & COUNTRY CURRENT Woodbridge, Va.
28, Navy Band 22, Navy Band, Sea Chanters & Cruisers saTuRday, July 12 aT 7 p.m.
August 4, Cruisers 29, Navy Band, Sea Chanters & Cruisers
welcome back old friends in a “the good old days” from alumni wood, whose performances are CRUISERS Boardwalk area
saTuRday, auGusT 30 aT 7 p.m.
concert at the Navy Memorial and connecting with the living sure to bring back fond recollec- Greenbriar Commons Park
11, Navy Band August 5, U.S. Coast Guard Band FRIday, July 4, 8 p.m.
celebrating the culmination of history and heritage of the band. tions. Please join your United North Beach, Md. Point Pleasant Drive (between Stringfel-
18, Commodores 12, Navy Band, Sea Chanters & Cruisers Concert & Fireworks on the Beach
our biennial Alumni Weekend. On Monday morning, alumni States Navy Band at the Navy THuRsday, July 24 aT 7 p.m. low Road and Route 50)
25, Cruisers 19, Navy Band Corner of N. Division St. & the Beach
A favorite event of Navy Band from the concert band and Sea Memorial for what promises to Chambersburg Memorial Park Bandshell Chantilly, Va.
26, Navy Band Ocean City, Md.
members, Alumni Weekend is an Chanters will rehearse with be a night of music, memories 235 3rd St. COUNTRY CURRENT
SPECIAL CONCERTS opportunity to reconnect with current members in preparation and magic! ff SEA CHANTERS Chambersburg, Pa.
TuEsday, auGusT 12, 7 p.m.
shipmates, share “sea stories” for that night’s performance. saTuRday, July 26, 7 p.m. CRUISERS Alfred A. Stango Memorial Park
COnCERTs On THE aVEnuE Blackrock Center for the Arts saTuRday, July 26, 8 p.m. King’s Highway
Tuesday July 1, 22 and 29 and August 12 at 8 p.m. at the U.S. Navy Memorial 12901 Town Commons Drive Bandstand (Boardwalk area) (adjacent to Lewes Public Library)
Navy Band, Sea Chanters and Cruisers Germantown, Md. Rehoboth Beach, Del. Lewes, Del.
WEdnEsday, July 30 aT 7 p.m. sunday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. FRIday, auGusT 22 aT 6:30 p.m.
u.s. naVy Band alumnI COnCERT, u.s. naVy mEmORIal
Springettsbury Township Park Bandstand (Boardwalk area) Vienna Town Green
Monday, August 4 at 8 p.m.
Mount Zion Road Bethany Beach, Del. 144 Maple Ave., E.
Navy Band & Sea Chanters
(Entrance on Pleasant Valley Road)
laBOR day COnCERT, u.s. naVy mEmORIal York, Pa. AUGUST Vienna, Va.
sunday, auGusT 24, 5 p.m.
Monday, September 1 at 1 p.m. Washington Navy Yard Band circa 1920. - Photo restoration by MUCM Margaret J. Bair
COMMODORES NAVY BAND Downs Park
Navy Band WEdnEsday, auGusT 20 aT 6 p.m. 8311 John Downs Loop
Female Pioneers of the Navy Music Program
THuRsday, July 3, 7 p.m.
Rock Hall Harbor Lincoln Memorial Pasadena, Md.
21144 Green Lane Washington, D.C. CRUISERS
by MUC Michael P. Bayes
PRESoRTEd Rock Hall, Md. WEdnEsday, auGusT 27 aT 6 p.m. sunday, auGusT 3 aT 7:30 p.m.
FIrST-CLaSS maIL ith the approach of tive that authorized limited entry Lincoln Memorial
sunday, July 6 aT 7:30 p.m. Lawn Theater (S. Valley Park)
U.S. PoSTAGE Alumni Weekend of women to all Navy ratings Washington, D.C.
PAId Lawn Theater (S. Valley Park) 18850 Montgomery Village Ave.
in August, we take thus creating the opportunity
time to reminisce about our for Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
18850 Montgomery Village Ave. SEA CHANTERS Gaithersburg, Md.
Permit No 6184
department of the navy Gaithersburg, Md. FRIday, auGusT 1, 7 p.m. WEdnEsday, auGusT 6 aT 7 p.m.
former members by reflecting Bailey to become Musician 1st
UnIted StateS navy Band DaTeD maTerIaL THuRsday, July 10 aT 7:30 p.m. La Plata Town Hall Springettsbury Township Park
617 WarrInGton ave Se reTUrN SerVICe reQUeSTeD upon the female pioneers of the Class Bailey. It was not until 1991
Goucher College 5 Garrett Ave. Mount Zion Road
WaShInGton navy yard dC 20374-5054 Navy Music Program and the that the Navy Music Program La Plata, Md. (Entrance on Pleasant Valley Road)
Navy Band. Some may recall commissioned its first female of- Towson, Md. York, Pa.
saTuRday, auGusT 9 aT 3 p.m.
that Evangeline Bailey became ficer, Ensign Lorelei Conrad, who sunday, July 13, 6 p.m. Quiet Waters Park sunday, auGusT 10 aT 7 p.m.
the Navy’s first female to wear served with the Navy Band from Downs Park 600 Quiet Waters Park Road Fort Hunter Park
the musician’s rating when she 1994-1997. 8311 John Downs Loop Annapolis, Md. 5300 North Front St.
joined the Commodores during While these women are Yeoman 2nd Class Marie McLean, March 3, 1945. Pasadena, Md. FRIday, auGusT 15 aT 7:30 p.m. Harrisburg, Pa.
the summer of 1972. In that year, officially recognized for their ac- - U.S. Navy File Photo
Mason District Park
Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, chief of complishments, there were others President Roosevelt signed into 6621 Columbia Pike
naval operations, signed a direc- who paved the way. In July, 1942, law the continued inSide... Annandale, Va. continued inSide...
United States Navy Band • Washington, D.C. All concert information is accurate at time of publication, though subject to change due to weather and
other conditions. For concert updates call the 24-hour Navy Band Performance Calendar at (202)
Captain George N. Thompson, USN • Commanding Officer/Leader 433-2525 or visit us on the Web at www.navyband.navy.mil.
Pioneers continued... Schedule continued... congratulationS to...
THuRsday, auGusT 14 aT 7 p.m. Kevin T. Dines, on his promotion to master chief musician … and
captain’S MeSSage establishment of the WAVES, or a WAVE in 1942
Chambersburg Memorial Park Bandshell to James N. Fox, Paul E. Johnson and James P. Logan on their pro-
Women Accepted for Volunteer and was in the motion to senior chief musician … and to Chief Musician Russell V.
235 3rd St.
Emergency Service. One par- first group to Chambersburg, Pa. Gross, clarinet instrumentalist with the Concert/Ceremonial band on his
ticular WAVE was to become the be sent to boot selection as “Chief of the Quarter,” and to Musician 1st Class Adam K.
sunday, auGusT 17 aT 4 p.m. Grimm, saxophone instrumentalist with the Concert/Ceremonial band,
first female musician assigned to camp at Okla- Hagerstown Community College on his selection as “Sailor of the Quarter” for January-march 2008 …
the Navy Band when she served homa A&M. Amphitheater and to Master Chief Musicians Joe D. Brown, Jr. and David R. Miles;
here as a yeoman from 1945- She described Hagerstown, Md. Senior Chief Musicians S. Joe Dollard and Gerald F. Keehner; Chief
y the time fanfare reaches you, the 1949. This is her story… her experiences FRIday, auGusT 29 aT 6:30 p.m.
Musicians Peter A. Czekaj, Benjamin L. Grant, William P. Gray, Rus-
at boot camp as sell V. Gross and Keith D. Hinton; and Musicians 1st Class Gunnar
summer will be almost half over, but Marie McLean was born in Vienna Town Green R. Brunning and Edward Daryl Duff on receiving the Navy and marine
there are still plenty of opportuni- Adams, Mass. She grew up with being “typical 144 Maple Ave., E. Corps Commendation medal … and to Musicians 1st Class Eric S.
ties to catch a performance by “the World’s a love of music and a desire to be of what you Vienna, Va. Makovsky and Caroline K. Williams on receiving the Navy and marine
Finest.” In fact, there are four of our special an opera star. Marie began her would expect.” Marie Townsend, the first female musician assigned to the Navy Band. sunday, auGusT 31 aT 7 p.m. Corps achievement medal.
- U.S. Navy Photo by MUC Stephen W. Hassay
music career early by singing in She most cherishes Allen Pond Park
Concerts on the Avenue at the Navy Memo-
the memories of braceable You” with the dance welcoMe aboard to...
rial on July 1, 22 and 29 as well as August church and school choirs. She 3400 Mitchellville Road
12. This year’s program is rocking, fun, patriotic and of
notable QuoteS took voice and piano lessons the friendships and bonds she band led by Chief Musician (and Bowie, Md.
Musician 1st Class Eric A. Brown, trumpet instrumentalist with the
Concert/Ceremonial band, Musician 1st Class Justin Cody keyboard
formed with the other women. future Navy Band leader) Antho-
course, extremely entertaining for all ages – one of the best Commodores and often gave recitals in her
ny Mitchell. She performed high
Country Current instrumentalist with the Cruisers, and Musician 1st Class Kenny Ray
The Commodores filled our ears and hometown. During one of these From boot camp she was sent Horton, emcee, guitarist and lead vocalist with Country Current.
summer productions we have ever put on. hearts with great sounds and pleasure. to Washington, D.C., where she profile engagements including 2008 Fall Tour
I would also like to extend a heartfelt invitation to all recitals, she noticed that people
When a splendid and talented group like the
were talking in the audience. worked for Admiral Ernest King President Roosevelt’s Birthday
Country Current departs September 2 on
a 21-day tour through North Carolina,
congratulationS and farewell to...
of our Navy Band alumni readers to attend the upcom- Commodores comes to play a concert here, it
Banquet in 1945, White House Senior Chief Musician Russell J. Rathier, tenor vocalist with the
ing U.S. Navy Band alumni weekend, August 4-5. Special becomes a special treat. Keep sending them Thinking this was “rather odd,” in the Office of Naval Intelli- South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and
Correspondents’ Association Sea Chanters, who received the Navy and marine Corps Commenda-
back, please! she poured her heart into the gence (ONI). Florida. The following is a partial list of tour
thanks as always go to retired Master Chief Don Stratton, Bear, Del. dinners held at the Hotel Statler, performances. The complete list will be in the
tion medal on the occasion of his retirement after 20 years of service.
who does a masterful job of both planning the events in music. However, the talking An extremely driven service
grew louder. As it turned out, member, Marie felt there was USO-sponsored events and September/October issue of fanfare: Spotlight on... Mu1 aMy SMith
addition to maintaining contact with all of our former Their performance on stage and off is a White House protocol functions. TuEsday, sEpTEmBER 2, 8 p.m.
members. Though the only thing more regular than the credit to the Navy, their commanding officer word was being passed that the more that she could do for the The Navy Band is an organization
and the country. I can honestly say I have American Navy base at Pearl war effort. She wanted to help She recalls singing at a Sunday Vance-Granville Community College with many multi-talented individu-
alumni weekend is the rain that has canceled the actual morning religious service at the Civic Center
never left any professional performance on Harbor had just been bombed, with recruitment. Due to her als. Musician 1st Class Amy Smith is
concert (three times in a row now), it is always a pleasure the high note that I felt last evening after White House, after which Presi- Henderson, N.C. one who contributes in many ways.
to have our former shipmates aboard to rekindle friend- seeing them.
drive and immense
dent Truman approached her, WEdnEsday, sEpTEmBER 3, 7 p.m. Formerly a French horn instrumentalist
ships and reminisce about old times. I hope to see many of Scranton, Pa. talent, Marie found with the Concert/Ceremonial Band, she
shook her hand, and said, “You Village Park Amphitheatre
you here. Navy Band herself singing on now is the band’s head librarian.
remind me of my daughter.” Kannapolis, N.C.
Lastly, I close with a special “save the date” reminder I would like to thank you for the WRC radio every Tell us about your beginnings in
performance at North Point High School The 1945 airing of the “Navy THuRsday, sEpTEmBER 4, 7 p.m. music.
for our annual capstone event – the Navy Birthday Concert morning on the Bill
in Waldorf, Md. My daughter, a junior at Hour” broadcasts gave Marie Wren High School Auditorium I initially joined the school band in my
at DAR Constitution Hall. The concert is on Saturday, the school was honored to be able to perform Herson Morning Piedmont, S.C. hometown of Troutdale, ore., because it
Show. Her dream of the opportunity to perform
October 18 at 8 p.m. and is a not-to-be-missed event. Ticket with you. She played piccolo on the song seemed like fun and I wanted to play the
“The Washington Post.” I hope we have the singing was becom- with such greats as Rosemary saxophone. However, the music store
information will be in the next issue of fanfare, but make
opportunity to hear the band play at North ing a reality. It was Clooney, Gene Kelly, Robert was all out of saxophones, so my mother suggested the trumpet.
your plans now to attend this unique, musical celebration Point in future years. Taylor, Greer Garson and other united StateS navy band After completing eighth grade as a trumpet player, my middle school
of the Navy’s history and core values. Waldorf, Md.
during one of these haS openingS for highly band director asked me to switch to French horn over the summer.
shows that the leader famous celebrities. About these I started taking private lessons, playing in a top-notch high school
Cruisers Qualified and experienced
All I can say is, “WOW!” What a of the Navy Band, performances Marie said, “It was band and joined several youth and community orchestras. After real-
talented group of people. Lieutenant Charles all very exciting for a small town izing that there was nothing I enjoyed more than playing the horn, I
vocaliStS. decided to study music in college.
Rockville, Md. Brendler, who was girl with a dream of becoming Concert/Ceremonial Band
Country Current my horn teacher at the University of Georgia, Dr. Jean martin-Wil-
actively searching a singer.” Indeed, Marie was Double bass/ liams, encouraged me to take the Navy band audition in may 2001.
The performance at Withalacoochee was
George N. Thompson, Captain, USN for a female vocalist, finally living her dream and, as Electric Bass........... By Appointment I hadn’t really considered the military as a career, but I got a good
FANTASTIC!! Of course we were skeptical
Commanding Officer/Leader that anyone could fill Wayne Taylor’s shoes heard her perform. she did, she quietly became one sea Chanters feeling about the job from the band members I met. When I was of-
but we were not disappointed. Can’t wait to of the first female musicians in bass Vocalist .......... By Appointment fered a position, I accepted.
Consequently, Marie What led you to become head librarian for the band?
hear them again! the Navy Band. As a final note to Tenor Vocalist ......... By Appointment
was transferred from While I enjoyed performing, I felt the need for a more structured
Marie’s story, she left the service Country Current
ONI to the Navy acoustic bass/ and predictable schedule. As a full-time staff member my working
Band in 1945 where in 1949 to marry “the love her Electric Bass .............august 18, 2008 hours are much more reliable.
she served as the yeo- life,” Chief Warrant Officer Audio/Visual
When I started as librarian, the band was preparing to move into
our newly renovated building. I had worked for the music library at
News clipping from the Boston Globe about Chief Yeoman McLean’s
man/secretary to the Richard Townsend, who was the Sound Engineer .........By Appointment
assignment to the Band dated March 21, 1948. Indiana University for four years and had some ideas for improve-
leader and as the Navy assistant leader of the band at For more information: call Chief ments. Had I known how difficult it would be to relocate and file
Number 4 Volume 29 and the United States was at war. Band’s only female vocalist. the time. Marie currently resides musician Christopher J. raifsnider, 20,000 pieces of music, I might have reconsidered my decision!
Commanding Officer/Leader in Washington, D.C. where she Audition Supervisor, at (202) 433- What is your role as the band’s librarian?
Captain George N. Thompson Driven by her patriotism and Marie fondly remembers 2840, or e-mail: For each performance, I prepare folders for individual band
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