The U.S. Fleet Forces Band will offer a free holiday concert at Nandua High School at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday  December 6.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Lieutenant Robert J. Coats, Fleet Bandmaster.

Established in 1945, the United States Fleet Forces Band serves as the Navy’s musical ambassador for the Hampton Roads area. The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is comprised of 60 Navy musicians that perform in a variety of ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Ceremonial Band, Fleet Jazz Ensemble, the contemporary music ensemble “Four Star Edition”, along with a variety of chamber music ensembles and reception combos.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Band regularly participates in events of national and international significance including: Operation Sail 2000/International Naval Review in New York, the memorial service for members of the USS COLE (DDG-67) lost in the terrorist attack in Yemen, support of the 50th Anniversary of D-Day in England and France, as well as the United States’ representative to the Nova Scotia, Canada, International Tattoo. The band has performed with many internationally renowned artists, including Lee Greenwood, Harry Connick, Jr., the “Spinners”, Chuck Mangione, Michael Brecker, and Marvin Hamlisch.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Band performs more than 750 engagements annually. Its mission is to serve the Mid-Atlantic region by providing musical support for ships, military bases, Navy Recruiting, foreign dignitaries, and community relations events. This top-notch military unit entertains audiences in the millions every year.