U.S. Navy Band to perform at THS

The United States Navy Concert Band will be making a stop in Tullahoma this March during its annual regional tour, school officials announced. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 17, in the Tullahoma High School gymnasium. The concert is free, though tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up at the main office at the high school. For more information, call the high school at 454-2620.

The United States Navy Band is coming to Tullahoma High School, school officials announced.

According to Tullahoma High School Assistant Principal Greg English, the Navy Band has selected THS as one of 25 stops on its annual regional tour. The Navy Band previously visited Tullahoma in 2013, making this the second time in six years it will stop by Tullahoma for a free concert.

According to Sarah Blecker, the public affairs specialist for the Navy Band this year, the concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. The concert is free to attend, however tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained at no cost through the high school band or at the high school’s main office.

Blecker said the Navy decided upon Tullahoma based on the success of its previous performance.

“We had a great audience,” she said, “and the hall was full. Because of this, we decided to return.”

According to English, a former classmate of his and of THS Band Director Justin Scott, Bryce Edwards, is a euphonium player for the band and was in charge of coordinating the band’s tours over the last few years.

“We ended up being a favorite stop for the [Navy] band members,” English said.

When Edwards was coordinating the current tour, English said, he got numerous requests to come back to Tullahoma.

“When Bryce contacted me for this tour,” English said, “he said the band members had all been asking him if they were returning to Tullahoma.”

Not only will the Navy Band be performing, but some lucky Tullahoma Band students will also get the opportunity to play with the illustrious ensemble, according to Blecker.

“Some students from Tullahoma High School will be performing with the band during the concert,” she said.

According to English, this is a “standard offering” from the Navy Band.

Ten THS students will have a chance to perform John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March” with the military musicians. The last time the Navy stopped by for a concert, there was an audition process, English said, though he wasn’t sure how the current THS band directors were going to make that decision for this concert.

Anyone who wants tickets to the concert can pick them up at the main office of the high school. The last day to pick up tickets to the concert will be Friday, March 15. For more information, call 454-2620.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.