Navy Band takes center stage tonight

The Navy Band Northeast director Lieutenant Commander Carl Gerhard directs the audience in the National Anthem. The Navy Band Northeast director Lieutenant Commander Carl Gerhard directs the audience in the National Anthem.

The Navy Band Northeast director Lieutenant Commander Carl Gerhard directs the audience in the National Anthem.

The Navy Band Northeast director Lieutenant Commander Carl Gerhard directs the audience in the National Anthem.

After a series of rock, pop and classical music, the 4th of July Concert Series turns patriotic tonight with one of the highlights of the annual concert series — Navy Band Northeast

Navy Bands have always been an integral part of the Naval presence in Newport, dating back at least to the Civil War period. Navy Band Northeast was established in 1974, and is one of 13 official bands of the United States Navy worldwide.

Under the direction of Lieutenant Commander Carl Gerhard, the band is attached to the Naval War College on board Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Northeastern United States performing a wide range of music from patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country and the latest top-40 hits.

The show begins at 7 p.m. tonight in Independence Park.

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