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Peninsula military bands join others for summer concerts

June 27, 2014

By David Nicholson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

June 27--Each summer, the Peninsula's two excellent military bands, together with other musical organizations, entertain us with outdoor music. Here's a look at what's on tap in the coming weeks.

US Army TRADOC Band, Fort Eustis

Now in its 82nd season, the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band performs selected Thursdays during July and August. Location is Magnolia Park on the banks of the James River on Fort Eustis in Newport News. All concerts start at 7 p.m. and run approximately one hour.

Concert-goers attending the "Music Under the Stars" series should bring chairs or blankets for lawn sitting. Alcoholic beverages and pets are permitted. There are portable rest rooms and food vendors as well.

A visitor's pass is required to access the post. You can stop by the visitor's center at the entrance to Gate 1 (at Fort Eustis Boulevard). Bring a driver's license and vehicle information. You can also go online to and print out a form for a pre-vetted pass. Follow the instructions on the form and present the pass at Gate 1 when entering the post.

View the weekly concert program at The website and Facebook page also will carry information if a concert is canceled or the location is changed due to inclement weather.

July 24 -- TRADOC Rock Band

July 31 -- Jazz combo

Aug. 7 -- NCO-Led Concert Band

Aug. 14 -- Latin Band

Aug. 21 -- Woodwind and Brass Quintets

Aug. 28 -- Concert Band

The band also has these additional performances coming up:

July 2 -- Port Warwick Summer Concert Series. 6 p.m. Brass Band and Jazz Combo. Port Warwick, end of Loftis Boulevard, Newport News.

July 4 -- Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration. 8 p.m. Brass Band. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown.

July 27 -- Celebrate Yorktown Concert Series. 5 p.m. Colonial Brass. Grace Church, Yorktown.

Aug. 13 -- Summer Breeze Concert Series. 7 p.m.Salsa Band. Merchants Square, Williamsburg.

Aug. 19 -- Military Concert Series. 6:30 p.m. Jazz combo. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown.

Aug. 20 -- Summer Breeze Concert Series. 7 p.m. TRADOC Rock. Merchants Square, Williamsburg.

Fort Monroe Concert Series

Fort Monroe's third annual Music by the Bay free concert series takes place at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Bandstand at Continental Park. Two Friday concerts also have been added this year at 8 p.m.July 4 and 7:30 p.m.Aug. 29.

The fort is off Interstate 64 at Exit 268 (Mallory Street). More information is available online at

July 3 -- U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Four Star Edition

July 4 -- U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble

July 10 -- U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Brass Band

July 17 -- U.S.A.F. Heritage of America Band

July 24 -- U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Four Star Edition

July 31 -- U.S.A.F. Heritage of America Band Dixie Ensemble

Aug 7 -- U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble

Aug 14 -- U.S.A.F. Heritage of America Band Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

Aug 21 -- U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble

Aug 29 -- Virginia Symphony Orchestra

USAF Heritage of America Band

The Heritage of America band is headquartered at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton. Find more information at

July 2 -- Summer Breeze Concert Series. 7 p.m. Merchant's Square, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg

July 4 -- Full Spectrum high-energy band. 7 p.m.Victory Landing Park, 23rd Street, downtown Newport News

July 9 -- Heritage Brass. 6:30 p.m.Historic Gloucester Court House Circle, 6509 Main St., Gloucester

July 11 -- Full Spectrum. 8 p.m. Smithfield Summer Concert Series. Smithfield Times Gazebo Stage, 228 Main St., Smithfield

Aug. 6 -- Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble. 7 p.m. Summer Breeze Concert Series. Merchants Square, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg

Yorktown Summer Concert Series

This free mixed series takes place at Riverwalk Landing along the waterfront.

July 4 -- Independence Day Celebration. Events start at 4 p.m.

July 10, 17 and 24 -- "Shagging on the Riverwalk" Beach Music Series. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 5 -- Naval Weapons Station Yorktown 96th Anniversary Band Concert. 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 12, 19 and 26 -- Military Band Concert Series. 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 30 -- Virginia Symphony Concert. 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert activities start at 6 p.m.)

David Nicholson can be reached at 757-247-4794.


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