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Band Director Saluting with Band at Great Lakes Navy Band Navy Pier Performance

June 30, 2023 @ 6:30 pm

Navy Band Great Lakes, Wind Ensemble, Independence Day Tribute Concert

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Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a free concert by the Navy Band Great Lakes, Wind Ensemble at 6:30pm on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Navy Band Great Lakes:

Pride in Service has been the theme for Navy Band Great Lakes for more than a century. From 1911, when the band first formed, to 1917, when Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa served as Bandmaster, to today’s Director, Lieutenant Christopher Cornette, our music represents the pride and professionalism that is synonymous with the United States Navy.

Serving Commander, Naval Service Training Command’s mission of transforming volunteers into 21st century Sea Warriors, Navy Band Great Lakes performs ceremonies to honor recruits, Sailors, and their families. Also, as the Navy’s Ambassadors to the Midwest, Navy Band Great Lakes performs for millions yearly. We provide musical support for communities of all sizes as well as supporting Navy recruiting in an eleven state area of responsibility stretching from Michigan to North Dakota.

Please feel free to explore our site and learn more about our band and what we do. If you would like us to perform at your event, please click on the “Request Band” link at the top of the page and follow the instructions.

NBGL Wind Ensemble:

The Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble is comprised of 45 professional musicians under the direction of LT Christopher Cornette, USN. The ensemble continues the legacy of bandmaster Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa, spreading the tradition of military music throughout the Midwest. The Wind Ensemble’s repertoire consists of symphonic band works, patriotic music, Americana, and featured solo vocal and instrumental selections. In addition to frequent free and open-to-the-general-public community concerts, this unit performs throughout the Midwestern United States for national holidays and educational programs.


6:30 pm




600 E Grand Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611


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