Chattanooga Now Navy Brass Band anchors at riverfront

Chattanooga Now Navy Brass Band anchors at riverfront

June 13th, 2018 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Uncharted Waters, a New Orleans-style brass band, will entertain Riverbend visitors on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, at 5 p.m. on the Unum Stage.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Where to hear the Navy Brass Band

› Thursday: Riverbend Festival main entrance, 5 p.m.

› Friday: Gateway Towers, noon; Riverbend Festival Unum Stage, 5 p.m.

› Saturday: Chattanooga River Market, Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St., 12:30 p.m.; Riverbend Festival Unum Stage, 5 p.m.

Sailors from different units around the world docked in town on June 10 to mark Chattanooga Navy Week. This is one of 14 Navy Weeks happening across the country this year.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal units, the Navy's Office of Small Business, Navy Medicine, U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga, Navy Meteorology and Oceanography units, Navy Recruiting, sailors from Tennessee's submarine namesake, USS Tennessee, and sailors from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 were scheduled to take part in activities this week.

In addition to sharing the story of what the Navy is doing around the world, sailors are assisting in a series of local community-service projects, working with nonprofits such as Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

This weeklong celebration will anchor at Riverbend this weekend, leading festivalgoers to Uncharted Waters.

Uncharted Waters is the Navy's brass band, a unit within the larger U.S. Fleet Forces Band. Directed by Lt. Seph Coats, it's a New Orleans-style brass band that entertains audiences with a high-energy show of classic hits, Top 40 rock, pop and hip-hop.

The band, established in 1945 as the Atlantic Fleet Band, is composed of active-duty Navy musicians who also perform in a variety of ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Ceremonial and Parade Band, Four Star Edition and several other small groups.

Uncharted Waters will play two Riverbend shows, each at 5 p.m. on the Unum Stage, on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16.

Since sailors operate on, above and below the water, Chattanoogans will also see them in a little bit of each.

-Navy Day at the Tennessee Aquarium is Thursday, June 14, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A team of Navy divers and dive-qualified explosive ordnance disposal technicians will be diving into the aquarium's tanks to feed fish, clean the aquatic habitats and interact with aquarium visitors.

When not in the tank, the divers and EOD technicians will be available to speak to visitors about life in the Navy and what it's like being a Navy diver or an EOD tech.

-Families will also have an opportunity to meet the visiting units Thursday, June 14, at the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., during Free Family Night, 5:30-8 p.m.