The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters

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By Andrew Truelson, U.S. Navy photo by Lily Lin

“NORTH LAS VEGAS (March 14, 2018) The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters perform on a blustery evening at the Craig Ranch Regional Park Amphitheater in North Las Vegas. With this performance, the Sea Chanters conclude their 2018 national tour through California, Arizona and Nevada. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Musician Melissa Bishop/Released)”

Since its inception in 1925, the Navy Band has been entertaining audiences and supporting the Navy with some of the best musicians in the country. From national concert tours to presidential inaugurals to memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery, the Navy Band proudly represents the men and women of the largest, most versatile, most capable naval force on the planet today: America’s Navy.

In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway.