Established by an act of Congress in 1798, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has roughly 160 members and is the oldest professional musical organization in the United States, as well as the oldest of the country’s military bands. Most hold advanced degrees from places like the Julliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. For information, visit http://www.marineband.marines.mil/.
As the U.S. Navy’s premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer, Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The group takes its name from the Navy’s versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band is as versatile, having the capabilities to play genres of music ranging from jazz and standards, rhythm and blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material.
This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances. For information, visit http://www.navyband.navy.mil/Cruisers.shtml.