The U.S. Navy Concert Band will hold its first performance at Pickerington High School North on April 5.
In November 2015, Pickerington High School North hosted the U.S. Navy Jazz Band -- also known as the U.S. Navy Commodores -- much to the delight of local music lovers.
The concert apparently also made an impression on the 18 members who made up the band, because their reports from the evening led the U.S. Navy Concert Band to line up for its own PHS North show.
"The Navy Jazz Band was really impressed with our audience turnout and asked if we would like to host the U.S. Navy Concert Band," said Marc Parulekar, PHS North band director.
"This is the first time the U.S. Navy Concert Band from Washington, D.C., will perform in Pickerington."
Known as "the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy," the U.S. Navy Concert Band was established more than 85 years ago.
It has performed on nationally-broadcast radio shows, and it's rendition of "America the Beautiful" was played before every NFL football game during the opening week of the 2002 season, roughly a year after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the nation.
Annually, the 60-member band performs in Washington, D.C., tours the nation and the world.
On April 5, it will hold a concert at 7 p.m. at PHS North.
What's more, the concert will be free to those who procure tickets by contacting Parulekar via email at Marc_Parulekar@plsd.us; or by calling 614-830-2700.
"We have about 800 tickets left," Parulekar said March 7.
According to its website, the U.S. Navy Concert Band presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.
The concert band is recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world and is in often requested to make apperances by the nation's foremost musical education organizations, such as the American Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic, according to the website.
In addition to the opportunity for community members to see the band perform live, the concert will serve as what might be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for North musicians, who will sit in for a portion of the show.
"The principal players from the Pickerington North Symphonic Band will perform 'The Washington Post March' by John Philip Sousa with the U.S. Navy Concert Band," Parulekar said.
Parulekar said he believes the concert promises to be entertaining and uplifting, and he hoped music fans and those with patriotic zeal would turn out for what he said would be a special event.
"There is nothing better than live music," he said.
"We are very blessed to have this amazing group of musicians perform for our students and community.
"The United States Navy Concert Band from Washington, D.C., is one of the finest concert bands in the world," Parulekar said.
"This will be a tremendous concert that will include serious works, pop music and patriotic favorites."