Commander Navy Region Northwest announces a Navy Band Northwest appearance at the Alaska State Fair! The Rock Band, “Northwest Passage,” will perform at 7:30P.M. on August 30th, 31st, September 1st, 2nd,and 4th on the Colony Stage. The performance on September 3rd begins at 8:00P.M. in the Events Tent. Please see the Events on our Facebook page for updates or changes.
Navy Band Northwest’s Popular Music Group is a high-energy rock band, surging music of many styles from many eras. The ensemble performs a variety of selections each year from current Top 40 charts to hits spanning the last 50 years. “Passage’s” ability to play modern rock, classic rock, rhythm and blues, dance, Motown, pop, soul, country, and disco make it an ideal group for all types of military balls, receptions, clinics, and public concerts for all audiences and age groups.
With over 400 musical support requests each year, the whole 35-member band can appear as a large ensemble for parades and ceremonies, but can also split into small ensembles to provide musical varieties that fit the needs of each civilian and military request, varying from classical and contemporary chamber music, to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Navy Band Northwest is under the leadership of its Director, Lieutenant Bruce Mansfield, and falls under the operational command of Captain William Bulis, Commander Navy Region Northwest.
For performance times and to learn more about the band, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/NavyBandNorthwest
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many performers are with the band?
~ We collectively have 35 members, including the Director and Assistant Director. The full band can break down into small ensembles, typically made up of 3 to 9 members.
2. How do people get chosen to perform with the band?
~Besides being physically qualified for the Navy through your local Military Entrance Processing Station, each potential Navy Musician must take an audition at one of 11 Navy Bands. The audition will include prepared pieces, scales, and a variety of sight-reading.
3. What is the average tenure with the band?
~ A normal first enlistment is four years, and members generally stay in one band for about 2-3 years.
4. What is the practice schedule like?
~ Other than the typical “military band,” we can also divide our musicians into smaller groups such as rock band, jazz combo, chamber groups, solo pianist, solo vocalist, etc. Every group has a different rehearsal schedule depending on the nature of the upcoming performance(s). Members also practice individually outside of working hours. Ideally, we rehearse 6-12 hours per week/per group.
5. How many performances per year does the band put on?
~ Navy Band Northwest performs in excess of 400 engagements per year
6. Are those performances just in the United States or are they across the world?
~ There are 9 Fleet Navy bands around the world and they have their individual area of responsibility. We (Navy Band Northwest) cover the Pacific Northwest region. Specifically, Alaska, Washington , Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Wyoming , Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Western Nebraska , and Western Kansas; we also cover Southwestern Canada.
7. Are there special performances or venues that are noteworthy where they perform?
~ Navy Band Northwest is often invited to perform before Mariners baseball and Seahawks football games, usually performing the National Anthem, and also performing at half-time.
The band is invited annually to perform at Navy Day at the Olympia State Capitol, Seattle’s SEAFAIR and Fleet Week, the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade and Portland Fleet Week, just to name a few. In the past, Navy Band Northwest has performed Fleet Weeks at San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City.
8. Are there other interesting information or facts about the Navy Band Northwest?
~ Please view the link: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/about/navy_band/history.html
MC3 Amanda L. Owens
Media Production Support
Navy Office of Community Outreach