U.S. Navy Band Coming to Armed Forces Day Parade

Chattanooga (WDEF) – This year’s Armed Forces Day parade in Chattanooga will have a decidedly Naval bias.

The United States Navy Band will march in the parade on May first.

And the top ranking naval officer will review the parade.

Admiral Jonathan Greenert is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is chief of naval operations.

The U.S. Navy Band plays in more than 1,300 ceremonies every year.

The group’s duties include arrival ceremonies at the White House and Pentagon, changes of command, military retirement ceremonies, and funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

"America’s Navy has only recently adopted the motto, ‘Being There Matters,’ but it’s been a part of what we do for many years – through music – and therefore Navy bands are integral to our national security," said Capt. Brian O. Walden, the Navy Band’s commanding officer. "Today, Navy bands are still performing around the world, acting as agents of public diplomacy for the American government, improving relations with our allies and winning the hearts and minds with the universal language of music."

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