Navy Band Northwest

Navy Band Northwest is the United States Navy's premier musical organization in the Pacific Northwest region. Performing nearly 500 engagements each year, Navy Band Northwest enjoys an outstanding reputation throughout the Pacific Northwest. Through military ceremonies, public concerts, and regional tours, Navy Band Northwest serves to heighten esprit de corps throughout military and civilian communities, promote patriotism, and increase public awareness of the Navy's mission. This 35-member unit is comprised of professional musicians, each performing in various ensembles including ceremonial and parade bands, concert band, rock band, a New Orleans style brass band, and chamber ensembles such as brass and woodwind quintets. Navy Band Northwest is one of nine official U.S. Navy Bands located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Italy, and Japan, and is under the operational command of Commander, Navy Region Northwest.

Find Navy Band Northwest Leadership biographies here.
 

History

Navy Band Northwest traces its history to 1925 where it was unofficially known as the Third Battalion, U.S. Naval Reserve Forces, 13th Naval District Band.  In 1944, a group of Sailors from various ratings formed a band at Naval Air Station (NAS) Seattle at Sand Point to welcome home the Hellcat Fighter Squadron of Carrier Aircraft Support Unit 7. In honor of the fighter squadron returning from combat operations in the South Pacific, the band became known thereafter as the Hellcat Band.

The official commissioning of the 13th Naval District Band took place in 1953 at Pier 91 in Seattle. The band later moved to Naval Air Station Seattle at Sand Point in the fall of 1970 where its name was changed to Northwest Navy Band and later to Navy Band Seattle. In April 1985, the band moved into Building 30 on Sand Point, a remodeled portion of the hangar where the Hellcat Band had welcomed home the World War II heroes of Carrier Aircraft Support Unit 7. For ten years the band remained on Sand Point until 1995 when Naval Air Station Seattle closed in 1995 as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). Navy Band Seattle relocated across Puget Sound to its current facility at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor located in Silverdale, Washington. Navy Band Seattle was renamed Navy Band Northwest on April 1, 1999 as a result of Navy Regionalization Initiatives.

Navy Band Northwest's current mission is to provide musical support for official Navy functions and Navy Recruiting efforts, as well as community outreach performances for the communities of the Pacific Northwest in Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Western Kansas, Montana, Western Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Throughout the years Navy Band Northwest has built a reputation of excellence and is widely known for exceptional musical performances. The 35 rated Navy Musicians are called upon today to perform in various musical units including the Ceremonial and Parade Bands, Popular Music Group, Brass Band, Brass Quintet, woodwind chamber groups, and a Protocol Jazz Combo. Performing nearly 500 engagements each year and encompassing both military and civilian events, Navy Band Northwest is the premier United States Navy musical organization in the Northwest.


For the latest details and an updated performance schedule, please visit our Facebook page by visiting http://www.facebook.com/navybandnorthwest.

request the band

The band is able to provide musical support for most military and civilian ceremonies throughout the Northwestern United States. All units of the band are capable of performing concerts in the public domain, providing certain minimum requirements are met.

Step 1:

Military sponsorsclick here for a performance request form.

Civilian sponsorsclick here for a performance request form.

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Step 2:

Once you have completed the form, please email the signed form to NBNW_OPS@Navy.mil. You may also fax the form to (360) 315-3457or mail to:

Director, Navy Band Northwest
1103A Hunley Road
Silverdale, WA 98315

If you have any questions, please contact Navy Band Northwest Operations Coordinator at (360) 315-3448.

Submission of your letter does not guarantee acceptance, but constitutes an official request for musical support.
All requests are reviewed to determine whether regulations permit Navy Band support for your event.
Military events are normally confirmed no earlier than 90 days prior to the event.
Civilian events are normally confirmed no earlier than 60 days prior to the event.
Requests are processed on a first come first served basis.
 

TYPES OF SUPPORT NAVY BAND NORTHWEST PROVIDES:

Military Ceremonial Support

Navy Band Northwest provides musical support for official U. S. Military ceremonies. We regularly perform at Change of Command Ceremonies, Commissioning and Decommissioning Ceremonies, Retirement Ceremonies, Ship and Aircraft Arrivals, and Pass in Review Ceremonies.
 

U. S. Navy Recruiting

Navy Band Northwest supports local Navy Recruiting efforts, mostly in the form of our Popular Music Group performing Top 40, Country and Rock music at student body assemblies in schools.


Civilian Ceremonial Support

Navy Band Northwest performs for a variety of civilian sponsored ceremonies, often in conjunction with patriotic holidays and events of community wide interest. Some examples are parades, government building dedications and opening ceremonies for conventions.


Public Concerts

Our Ceremonial and Parade Band, Brass Band, Popular Music Group, Woodwind Quartet, Brass Quintet, and Protocol Combo are available for public concerts. These concerts can be scheduled as a single event or in conjunction with community festivals. The primary requirement for these concerts is that they be free and open to the public.


School Music Support

Navy Band Northwest staunchly supports music education from elementary to collegiate levels. All of our ensembles are appropriate for school performances and Navy Band Northwest members also regularly provide individual appearances as clinicians and ensemble coaches. Clinics can be tailored for specific needs of music students including: instrument demonstrations, master class presentations, sectional work, or even joining Navy Band Northwest members on stage.
 

ENSEMBLES

Ceremonial/Parade Band

The Ceremonial Band is the United States Navy's musical representation in the Pacific Northwest.  The ensemble is comprised of 20 to 30 instrumentalists plus a vocalist.  As the core ensemble of Navy Band Northwest, it aims to accomplish a mission that spans over 70 engagements per year.  The band provides musical support for official U.S. Navy events and Navy Recruiting efforts, as well as community outreach performances for the communities of the Pacific Northwest in Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Western Kansas, Montana, Western Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  Since its creation in 1925, Navy Band Northwest has built a reputation of excellence and is widely known for exceptional musical performances.  Recent performances include Seattle’s SEAFAIR, and affiliated activities including the Alaska Airlines' Torchlight Parade, and the Boeing Parade of Ships and Flight.

Minimum requirements:

  • 30x30’ clean, dry, level and stable area for performance

  • One dedicated 110-volt, properly grounded 20-amp circuit. These must be on a public power source (no generators), and should be no more than fifty feet from the stage. If an electrical power cord run must be made by the sponsor, it should be with 8 or 10 gauge, 3-conductor, insulated cable. These circuits must not contain a “ground fault circuit interrupt” (GFCI) system

  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for:

    • Two vans

    • One truck

  • Changing rooms (male and female)

  • Script of Ceremony

  • Map/directions and logisitical summary to performance site

Brass Quintet

Presenting the finest in brass chamber music, the Navy Band Northwest Brass Quintet performs over one hundred concerts, ceremonies, and outreach events each and every year.  With an area of responsibility from "Alaska to Nebraska," musical variety from ancient renaissance to modern jazz, and technical virtuosity from the trumpets all the way down to the tuba, the NBNW Brass Quintet prides itself on its expeditionary nature and ability to entertain audiences both young and old.  Their musical selections are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and inspire feelings of patriotism and pride in the United States of America.

Minimum requirements:

  • 12x12’ clean, dry, level and stable area for performance

  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear

  • Five chairs (without arms)

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for: One van

  • Changing rooms (male and female)

  • Script of Ceremony/events

  • Map/directions

Protocol Combo

The Protocol Combo has a primary mission to perform for post or pre-ceremony receptions as per U.S. Navy regulation/protocol. This dynamic and versatile group can augment their mission to accommodate a wide range of venues including public concerts and receptions, and educational enrichment in schools and universities. The group also has a vocalist as needed and is mainly comprised of piano, guitar, bass and drums. The ensemble's repertoire includes jazz, Latin, pop and much more.

Minimum requirements:

  • 20x30’ clean, dry, level and stable area for performance

  • Indoor venues: two dedicated 110-volt, properly grounded 20-amp circuits. These must be on a public power source (no generators), and should be no more than fifty feet from the stage. If an electrical power cord run must be made by the sponsor, it should be with 8 or 10 gauge, 3-conductor, insulated cable. These circuits must not contain a “ground fault circuit interrupt” (GFCI) system

  • Outdoor venues: three dedicated 110-volt, properly grounded 20-amp circuits meeting the same requirements above

  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for: One van

  • Changing rooms (male and female)

  • Script of Ceremony (if applicable)

  • Map/directions to site

Brass Band

The Brass Band’s versatility shines with a diverse repertoire of high energy music including jazz, New Orleans standards, funk, and an assortment of popular cover songs arranged for this energetic instrumentation.  The group consists of seven talented Navy musicians, providing a high impact performance for audiences of all ages.

Minimum requirements:

  • 30x30’ clean, dry, level and stable area for performance

  • Two dedicated 110-volt, properly grounded 20-amp circuits. These must be on a public power source (no generators), and should be no more than fifty feet from the stage. If an electrical power cord run must be made by the sponsor, it should be with 8 or 10 gauge, 3-conductor, insulated cable. These circuits must not contain a “ground fault circuit interrupt” (GFCI) system

  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for: Two vans

  • Changing rooms (male and female)

  • Map/directions to site

Woodwind Quintet
The Woodwind Quintet performs for a range of events including military ceremonies and receptions, public concerts, and educational outreach. Their repertoire brings a blend of classical and Americana music for all audiences.

Minimum requirements:

  • 12x12’ clean, dry, level and stable area for performance

  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear

  • Four chairs (without arms)

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for: One van

  • Changing rooms (male and female)

  • Script of Ceremony

  • Map/directions to site





 

Contact Navy Band Northwest

(360) 315-3448
NBNW_OPS@Navy.mil
 

Director, Navy Band Northwest
1103A Hunley Road
Silverdale, WA 98315

http://www.facebook.com/navybandnorthwest.
 

MUSIC DOWNLOADS

In the event that Navy Band Northwest cannot support your event, and/or for your listening pleasure, these selections, performed by the U.S. Navy Band, can be downloaded in MP3 format.

In the event that Navy Band Northwest cannot support your event, or for your listening pleasure, please visit the U.S. Navy Band's ceremonial music page at https://www.navyband.navy.mil/media, where you can find a broad array of ceremonial and patriotic music, available for download in MP3 format.


Commander, Navy Region Northwest   |   1100 Hunley Road   |   Silverdale, WA 98315
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