Thursday, July 12, 2012

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing this August


     York County is excited to partner with the USAF Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band in presenting the Military Band Concert Series this August at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown.
     The shows will take place on the performance stage overlooking the York River.
     The series will be held Tuesday evenings, Aug. 7 through Aug. 28. Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. 
     The series kicks off on Tuesday, August 7, with the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorating its 94th anniversary with a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk.  The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is the largest of the Navy's 11 Fleet Bands.  This unit provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events.
     The Heritage Ramblers Dixieland Ensemble will be featured on Tuesday, August 14.  The Ramblers preserve and present the rich heritage of traditional jazz, with the music of such legends as Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, and Bix Beiderbecke as their guide.  The Ramblers are sue to get toes tapping, hands clapping, and put smiles on faces wherever they perform.
     The third installment of the concert series will feature the TRADOC New Orleans Jazz Group on Tuesday, August 21.  The group represents the original New Orleans Jazz tradition, performing orks by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and King Oliver.  The group performs across the nation at fairs, picnics, festivals, bringing a taste of New Orleans to their audiences.
     The concert series culminates on Tuesday, August 28, with the Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble.  This highly versatile jazz, blues and funk group prides itself on covering 70 years of American music from contemporary jazz artist Chick Corea, The Yellowjakcets, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, to Big Band greats Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Glenn Miller.
     This concert series is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other public parking lots throughout town.
     For more information on the Military Band Concert Series, call the York County Parks and Recreation office at (757) 890-3500 or visit This event is jointly sponsored by York County, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band from Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band of Ft. Eustis.
     In the event of inclement weather, please call the York County Weather Event Hotline 757-890-3520 for updated information.

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