'Singing sailors' to sing at HCC

August 16, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Hagerstown Community College's Red, White & Blue Summer Concert Series of military bands continues Sunday with the U.S. Navy Band's Sea Chanters chorus.

The chorus - the "singing sailors," as they are called - will perform at HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. Admission is free.

The Sea Chanters ensemble was formed in 1956, when a member of the Navy Band organized a group to sing sea chanteys and patriotic songs for a State of the Nation dinner in Washington, D.C., according to the Navy Band's Web site.

The chorus now has 18 vocalists, plus a drummer, bassist and pianist, said Sea Chanters soprano and Musician First Class Jennifer Bowerman.

Bowerman said the program includes two sea chanteys, "What Would You Do With a Drunken Sailor" and "Blow the Man Down."


Last year, the chorus performed a range of music, including pop, patriotic, spirituals and show tunes at HCC, said Alumni Coordinator Lisa Stewart. Bad weather forced the concert to move inside HCC's Kepler Theater.

If you go ...

WHAT: U.S. Navy Band's Sea Chanters

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

WHERE: Hagerstown Community College Alumni Amphitheater. Concert will be held at HCC's Kepler Theater if it rains.

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, call Lisa Stewart 301-790-2800, ext. 346.

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