The US Navy Band organizes a Massillon concert at Washington High School

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MASSILLON – The US Navy’s first wind ensemble will make Washington High School one of its next port stops.

Massillon was selected as one of 13 cities from half a dozen states to host a 2022 performance by the US Navy Band. The 56-member group is one of the signature outreach programs within the military organization.

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Massillon City Judge Edward Elum, a Navy veteran, recalled the group had passed through Stark County once before, performing in the late 2000s. He told American Legion Post. No. 224 arranged a meal or two for the band and may have helped accommodate the members at a local hotel.

A trio of members of the US Navy Band perform at a live concert.  The 56-member group has scheduled a performance for May 3 at Washington High School.

“It’s a great honor for Massillon to have (the band) here,” Elum said. “They are all pros and extremely talented. You can’t beat them.”

The Navy Orchestra is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the high school auditorium. The nearly two-hour show is free and open to the public.

Several Ohio cities scheduled for concerts by Navy bands

Many cities in Ohio have been selected this year to host a live performance by the US Navy Band, according to Navy Public Affairs Specialist, Musician 1st Class Anastasia Bonotto.

A saxophone soloist performs at a US Navy Band concert.

Ashland, Ashtabula and Pickerington are a few other Ohio townships where the band is set to perform in 2022.

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“We focus on different parts of the country every year, and this year it was Ohio,” she said.

A wing of the Navy band – the Sea Chanters – is also touring Ohio. Scheduled stops include Dayton, Marietta, Marion, Mason and Newark.

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The US Navy Band has performed in public concerts and participated in public events for more than 95 years. A wide range of musical marches, patriotic and big band selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble numbers are part of each performance.

The US Navy Band is a 56-member group of trained performers.

Bonotto said attendees of Massillon’s show can also expect an armed forces mix that includes parts of theme songs for the army, navy, air force, marine corps and the coast guard.

There will be no singer solos; however, a saxophonist is likely to perform individually for an indefinite amount of time, Bonotto said. Group members must wear blue service uniforms.

The group is based in Washington, D.C.

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The band’s sets tour nationwide about 12 to 15 weeks a year, according to a Navy news release. The sailors in the band are full-time professional musicians.

Most of the band members have undergraduate degrees in music, while some have graduate degrees.

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