USN Band Plays Shelton, WA 12-13-13


USN Sax Section


US Navy Band


Sarah Reasner

The luck of the angels was with Shelton Friday night as the US Navy Band put on a delightful Christmas program in Shelton’s High School auditorium. Admission was free, but toy donations were appreciated. Handsomely uniformed US Marines collected them at the door. The musicians were stunningly talented and professional. The US Navy Band Northwest is under the operational command of Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Northwest. The performance was directed by Lt. Robert J. Coats. Navy Band Northwest is one of 13 official US Navy Bands located throughout the continental US, Hawaii, Italy, and Japan. For those professional musicians who’d like a shot at auditioning for this extremely select group, their contact info is:

Navy Band Northwest

1103A Hunley Road, Silverdale, WA 98315

Phone: (360)315-3448, Fax: (360)315-3457


Web Address:


While members receive full military pay and benefits, promotions tend to be slow. Their assigned duty consists of performing at musical venues and continual work on their art form as a full time job. The Navy, however, doesn’t train musicians. It only trains already fully accomplished professional grade musicians to be military musicians. The competition, as one might imagine, at the time of auditioning is as tough as it gets. Opportunities to attend one of their performances is a real treat, as it was last Friday the 13th.


Director: Lt Robert Coats – Albuquerque, NM Assistant Director: MUCS(SW) Dereck Werner – Jacksonville, AR Leading Chief Petty Officer: MUC(SW) Nathan Bissell – Chepachet, RI Operations Coordinator: MU1(SW) David Baine – Lake St. Louis, MO Leading Petty Officer: MU1 Robert Taylor – Stuarts Draft, VA

Flute: MU3 Shelly Sgroi – Minster, OH Oboe: MU3 Rachel Mortenson – St. Louis, MO

Clarinet: MUC(SW) Nathan Bissell – Chepachet, RI; MU1 Luke Cox – Denver, CO: MU3 Aaron Schmid – Dayton, OH; MUSN Justin Laukat – Draper, UT

Saxophone: MU2 Leeland Rothrock – Charlotte, NC; MU2 Jason Stark – Augusta, GA; MU3 Holly Carlton – Holyoke, MA; MU3 Nicholas Pool – Salina, KS

Bassoon: MU3 Sam Rumpak, Fullerton, CA

French Horn: MU1(SW) David Baine – Lake St. Louis, MO; MU3 Blake Yarbrough – Dallas, TX

Trumpet: MU1 Robert Taylor – Stuarts Draft, VA; MU3 Eric Nielsen – Portland, OR; MU3 Ian Wheeler – Newport News, VA; MU3 Zachary Conway – Atlanta, GA

Trombone: MU2 James Choate – Mangum, OK; MU3 Ben Dixon – Colorado Springs, CO; MU3 Doug Sgroi – Wheeling, WV; MU3 Andrea Smith – Palm Beach, FL

Euphnium: MU1(SW) Chris Eddlemon – Paris, TX

Tuba: MUSN Collin Moos – Parrish, FL

Piano: MU2(SW) Drew Williams – Carmel, IN

Bass: MU3 Hector Garcia – Chicago, IL


MU3 John Head – Humble, TX; MU3 Sarah Reasner (soloist singer)- Palmer, AK;

MU3 Camelia Akhamie – Woodbridge, VA; MU3 Michael Kramer – Washington, DC;

MU3 Hunt Gibson – Kinston, NC; MU3 Christopher McGann – Burlington, MA

[LT – Lieutenant; MUCS – Senior Chief Musician; MUC – Chief Musician; MU1 – Musician First Class; MU2 – Musician Second Class; MU3 – Musician Third Class; MUSN – Musician Seaman; (SW) – Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist]


Miniature Overture – P.I. Tchaikovsky Overture – Duke Ellington
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas – Johnny Marks (Arranged by Harry Connick Jr. featuring MU3 Sarah Reasner)

Peanut Brittle Brigade – Duke Ellington
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies – P.I. Tchaikovsky
Russian Dance (Trepak) – P.I. Tchaikovsky
O Magnum Mysterium – Morton Lauridsen (Arranged by H. Robert Reynolds)
Raisins and Almonds – Abraham Goldfaden (Arranged by MU3 Michael Kramer)
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel/Albert Hague (Arranged by Dwayne S. Milburn, Featuring MU2(SW) Drew Williams)

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Frank Loesser (Featuring “Cascade” Protocol Combo)

Funky Frosty – Bayou Brass Band (Featuring “Deception Brass”)
2000 Miles – The Pretenders (Featuring “passage” Popular Music Group)
Heaven Everywhere – Francesca Battistelli (Featuring “Passage” Popular Music Group)
Slumber, My Darling – Stephen Foster (Arranged by Edgar Meyer; Adapted by MU3 Nicholas Pool; Featuring MU3 Sarah Reasner)

Let There Be Peace on Earth – Sy Miller/Jill Jackson (Arranged by TSgt Larry MacTaggert; Featuring MU3 Sarah Reasner)
Waltz of the Flowers – P.I. Tchaikovsky














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