Chattanooga Selected For U.S. Navy Band's Tour Sept. 13

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
United States Navy Band Country Current
United States Navy Band Country Current

America's Navy is coming home to Chattanooga, one of 13 cities to host a performance by the United States Navy Band Country Current during its 2014 tour -- one of the Navy's signature outreach programs. 

The United States Navy Band Country Current’s performance is scheduled for Sept. 13, 7 p.m. at the Soldier and Sailor Memorial Auditorium.

Review for the United States Navy Band Country Current:

The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s country-bluegrass ensemble. Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, Tenn., New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set. 

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy's premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

"America's Navy has only recently adopted the motto, 'Being There Matters,' but it's been a part of what we do for many years - through music - and therefore Navy bands are integral to our national security," said Capt. Brian O. Walden, the Navy Band’s commanding officer. "Today, Navy bands are still performing around the world, acting as agents of public diplomacy for the American government, improving relations with our allies and winning the hearts and minds with the universal language of music." 

These national tours return following a year in which sequestration and its impact on outreach spending forced several of them to be suspended, said officials. Pentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that enables the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in 2014, albeit at a significantly reduced capacity.

"Community and public outreach is a crucial departmental activity that reinforces trust and confidence in the United States military and in its most important asset - people," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an internal memorandum to service chiefs and other military leaders. "These proactive engagements showcase our superior combat power, demonstrate readiness to defend the nation, and help to preserve the all-volunteer force."

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.  For more information about this concert, please check out the band’s website at http://www.navyband.navy.mil/national_tour.shtml



Covenant College’s Drama Association Presents: Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie plays April 7, 8, and 21 at 8 p.m. and 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanderson Hall auditorium on the Covenant College campus. "On the 21st, we have the pleasure of seeing Junior Sammie Brown and Sophomore Maya Pirschel perform as Amanda and Laura respectively, as understudies in the place of Professor Hallstrom and Abigail DeGraaf. Tickets are $7 for adults ... (click for more)

Road To Nightfall Finale Is Saturday Night

The Road to Nightfall finale competition is Saturday. This will mark the finale in the six-part competition for one local band to win a headlining spot in the 2017 Nightfall Concert Series.  Beginning at 8 p.m. at Miller Plaza, watch the five winning bands from the semi-finals compete in front of a panel of music industry professionals who determine the winner of the headlining ... (click for more)

Pet Dog Dies In Trailer Fire Near Signal Mountain Road

A pet dog died in a trailer fire off Signal Mountain Road on Wednesday night.   Chattanooga firefighters responded to a structure fire around  9:30 p.m.  in a mobile home park at 174 Bledsoe Terrace. The woman who lived there told Battalion Chief Carlos Hampton that she had just left for work when the fire was discovered. The firefighters got the ... (click for more)

Fingerprint Evidence Leads To Arrest Of Antonio Patton Is Armed Robbery Of Store On Bonny Oaks Drive

Fingerprint evidence has led to the arrest of Antonio Preze Patton for the robbery of a store on Bonny Oaks Drive last Dec. 2. Patton, 27, of 2829 5th Ave., is charged with aggravated robbery. Police were notified of the late-night holdup at the Mystik Mart. The clerk said two black males entered the store with their heads covered with hoodies. They appeared to be looking ... (click for more)

Repeal Obamacare, Congressman Fleischmann - And Response (2)

Chuck: I'm writing to express my strong opposition to the plan that is being rolled out by Paul Ryan to replace Obamacare. And as I'm writing this, I'm remembering all the times you and all of your Republican colleagues over the last six years campaigned on REPEALING  Obamacare and used that call to action as the basis for your reelection. And I'm also remembering the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You, The Bald-Headed Lady

You were wearing a pretty sweat shirt and blue jeans when I saw you outside the Infusion Center at Erlanger Hospital on Wednesday. You were the one who was nearly bald and I was the guy you greeted with a huge smile as we said hello in passing. You reminded me exactly of my brother Franklin. Years ago when chemotherapy began to rob him of his hair, Franklin was pretty devastated ... (click for more)