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Navy Band Northwest

Navy Band Northwest is the United States Navy's musical ambassador in the Pacific Northwest region. Through military ceremonies and public performances, 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 performing in various ensembles including ceremonial band, parade band, concert band, rock band, New Orleans-style brass band, jazz combo, brass quintet and woodwind quintet. Under the operational control of Commander, Navy Region Northwest, Navy Band Northwest is one of nine official U.S. Navy Bands located in the continental United States, Hawaii, Italy, and Japan.

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. The band remained on Sand Point until 1995 when Naval Air Station Seattle closed as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Navy Band Seattle relocated across the 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 recruiting efforts, as well as community outreach performances in Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Western Kansas, Montana, Western Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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

If you would like to receive our newsletters, please send us an email at navybandnorthwest@gmail.com.

request the band

Navy Band Northwest is able to provide musical support for a variety of military and civilian events throughout the Northwestern United States, 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 NavyBandNWoperations@us.navy.mil or mail to:

Director, Navy Band Northwest
1103A Ramirez de Arellano Road
Silverdale, WA 98315

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

Submission of your letter constitutes an official request for musical support, but does not guarantee acceptance. All requests are reviewed to determine whether Navy Band support for your event is permissible. Military requests 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.
 

TYPES OF SUPPORT NAVY BAND NORTHWEST PROVIDES:

Ceremonial Support
Navy Band Northwest provides musical support for official U.S. military ceremonies. We regularly perform at changes of command, commissioning and decommissioning ceremonies, retirement ceremonies, ship and aircraft arrivals, and pass-in-review ceremonies.
Navy Band Northwest also performs for a variety of civilian-sponsored ceremonies, often in conjunction with patriotic holidays and events of community-wide interest. Some examples are government building dedications and opening ceremonies for conventions.

Navy Recruiting
Navy Band Northwest supports local Navy recruiting efforts, most often in the form of our rock band performing top 40, country and rock music at school assemblies.

Public Performances
Our concert band, marching band, brass band, rock band, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and jazz combo are available for public concerts or parades. These performances 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.

Educational Outreach
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 occasionally provide individual appearances as clinicians and ensemble coaches. Clinics can be tailored to the specific needs of students, including instrument demonstrations, master class presentations, sectional work, or even joining Navy Band Northwest members on stage.
 

ENSEMBLES

Concert Band
The concert band is comprised of 25 to 30 wind and percussion instrumentalists, plus a vocalist, and is available for community outreach performances.
Minimum requirements:

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

  • One dedicated 110-volt, properly grounded 20-amp circuit on a public power source (no generators), more than fifty feet from the stage. If an electrical power cord run must be made by the sponsor, it should be with an 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 three vans and one truck

  • Changing rooms

  • Map/directions to performance site and logistical summary

Ceremonial Band
The ceremonial band is usually comprised of 20 to 25 wind and percussion instrumentalists and provides musical support for official U.S. government ceremonies.
Minimum requirements:

  • Script of ceremony

  • Map/directions to performance site and logistical summary

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

  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for three vans and one truck

Parade Band
The parade band is usually comprised of 20 to 25 wind and percussion instrumentalists and provides musical support for parades.
Minimum requirements:

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for three vans and one truck

  • Map/directions to performance site and logistical summary

Brass and Woodwind Quintets
The brass and woodwind quintets provide musical support for official U.S. government ceremonies, a wide variety of public performances, and educational outreach. They perform a variety of styles, from classical music to Americana, and can entertain audiences of all ages.
Minimum requirements:

  • Script of ceremony

  • Map/directions to performance site and logistical summary

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

  • Five chairs (without arms)

  • Secure storage area for instrument cases/gear

  • Close proximity parking/unloading for one van

Jazz Combo
The jazz combo provides musical support for public concerts, receptions, and educational outreach.
Minimum requirements:

  • 20’ x 30’ 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

  • Map/directions to performance site and logistical summary

Brass Band
The brass band performs funk, rhythm and blues, jazz and soul music in the New Orleans tradition. They are available for public performances in the community as well as educational outreach.
Minimum requirements:

  • 20’ x 30’ 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

  • Map/directions to performance site and logistical summary
     





 

Contact Navy Band Northwest

(360) 315-3448
NavyBandNWoperations@us.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.

 

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