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United States Navy Band Sea Chanters to Perform at EACC Fine Arts Center

February 10, 2014

East Arkansas Community College

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United States Navy Band Sea Chanters to Perform at EACC Fine Arts Center

Forrest City-The Fine Arts Center at East Arkansas Community College will host a performance by the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. There will be no charge for admission.  Tickets may be reserved through the Fine Arts Center Ticket Office by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352.

The official chorus of the United States Navy and one of the five performing units of the United States Navy Band, the twenty-voice Sea Chanters chorus, accompanied by piano, bass, and drums, will perform a repertoire of choral music, including sea chanteys, patriotic selections, folk songs, sacred hymns, and Broadway show-stoppers.  This special performance is part of the Navy Band Sea Chanters’ national tour.

Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician Georgina L. Todd, the Sea Chanters appear throughout the United States and often perform at the White House, the Vice President’s home and for other Washington dignitaries.  In 1956, the band’s assistant leader, Lt. Harold Fultz, organized a group from the Navy School of Music in Anacostia to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner.  After immediate success, the Chief of Naval Operations transferred the group to the Navy Band, titled the group “Sea Chanters” and tasked the all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea.  In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their selection of songs.

One of the most dynamic vocal ensembles in the country, the Sea Chanters frequently perform at the center of the country’s most important national events, including the 56th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in 2009.  Their performances have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for astronauts of space shuttle Columbia and the Presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United States Airlines Flight 93 site in Pennsylvania.  In 1994, the chorus provided music at the funeral of former President Nixon, and the internment of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The Sea Chanters have also appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra for the nationally telecast "National Memorial Day Concerts" at the U.S. Capitol. In addition, the group has appeared on "Larry King Live" and "CBS This Morning" as well as at the premier of the movie Pearl Harbor. Throughout their history, the chorus has remained true to the Navy's watchwords of pride and professionalism, and they continue to flourish in the 21st century and beyond as a vibrant ensemble.

To reserve the free general admission seating tickets, please call 870-633-4480 ext. 352. The EACC Fine Arts Center is located at 1700 Newcastle Road in Forrest City just off of I-40.

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