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Navy Northeast Brass Band Performs at Newport Jazz Festival Saturday & Sunday
(Published: July 30, 2015)

Newport Jazz Festival Broadens its Range Beyond Fort Adams Stages as Navy Band Northeast Brass Band Performs Early Saturday and Sunday

NEWPORT, RI, July 29, 2015 --
Two of Newport's most beloved and iconic organizations -- the Newport Jazz Festival and the U.S. Navy - will unite during the 2015 Jazz Festival to greet Festival goers entering Fort Adams State Park.

On Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2, from 9:00 am to 10:15 am, Navy Band Northeast Brass Band, the military's jazz division, will kick off the days' concerts with an early-bird musical greeting from the porch of the Fort Adams visitor center building.

As patrons head toward the Festival gates, the Brass Band will dive into its songbook of jazz standards to get visitors in the mood for the rest of the day. The band's energetic sound resonates out from the 10-piece ensemble, featuring two trumpets, two trombones, two saxophones and a vocal and rhythm section with electric piano, bass and drums headed up by Unit Leader Musician First Class Vince Beard. The band is one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands performing worldwide, appearing some 500 times annually.

"The U.S. Navy is integral to Newport, " says Newport Festivals Foundation founder George Wein. "I served in the Army, but I've always had great respect for the Navy. It's impressive to see the men and women in uniform walking around downtown Newport. I'm certain Festivalgoers will enjoy the Navy Brass Band greeting at the Fort."

Established in 1974, Navy Band Northeast, now under the direction of Lieutenant Greg Fritz, provides musical support for military ceremonies as well as entertainment via community outreach programs. Newport Festivals Foundation and Navy Band Northeast also share a mission to partner with local schools in educational programs and to bring music into classrooms.

Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.newportjazzfest.org.

Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

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The 2015 Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival® are productions of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, duly licensed. All rights reserved.

More Information: http://www.newportjazzfest.org

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