COLTS NECK, NJ – Members of the Navy Band Northeast’s Rhode Island Sound visited Colts Neck High School on October 5th. Working with student musicians, band members spoke about learning music, playing in a band, and about the audition process to become a band member in the U.S. Navy. The group of students was also invited onstage to see and play with Rhode Island Sound’s equipment.
After working with the music scholars, Rhode Island Sound performed in front of a crowd of Colts Neck High School’s students including members of the Navy Junior ROTC Academy. Students loved the mix of modern tunes and enjoyed the concert.
According to their website, Navy Band Northeast, established in 1974, is based on board NAVSTA Newport and is one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide, providing musical support for military ceremonies, recruiting, morale and retention programs, and community relations. Under the direction of Lieutenant Gregory Fritz, this group of 35 professional Navy musicians supports more than 300 engagements annually throughout an 11-state area of responsibility, performing regularly for high-ranking military and civilian dignitaries, Navy Recruiting, public outreach and awareness efforts, and partnership in education programs throughout the Northeast United States.
The primary components of Navy Band Northeast: Marching and Ceremonial Bands; Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble; popular music group, Rhode Island Sound; a brass quintet, Top Brass and woodwind trio, Crosswinds. Other units consist of various smaller protocol ensembles: Solo Pianist; Solo Guitarist; Jazz Combo, solo Vocalist, and solo Guitarist.–
The Freehold Regional High School District NJROTC is a four-year leadership and character development program. The mission of the overall NJROTC program is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. The mission of the unit is to instill in our student cadets our core values of honor, courage, and commitment, and the values of citizenship and service to our community upon which they can individually build a foundation of trust and leadership that will be recognized as the hallmark of our unit. The vision of the instructors is to build cadet’s individual self-confidence and leadership abilities to enable them to succeed and excel, individually and collectively.