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BHS to host Navy Band Northwest for concert
The Bainbridge High Spartan band will host the Navy Band Northwest for a special dual performance concert event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.
It is the first time the high school has collaborated with the entire Navy band, said Navy Band Northwest Band Director Lt. Robert “Seph” Coats.
“We’ve been down there before in small groups,” Coats explained. “This will be a full concert. Both groups will play music.”
The concert is part of an ongoing effort by the Navy band to collaborate with regional music directors and band leaders as well as interact with young musicians.
“They reached out to us,” Coats said of Bainbridge High. “It’s a big opportunity for [the students] to have professional musicians in the classroom.”
The Navy band consists of approximately 35 musicians, many of them fluent in more than one instrument, Coats explained. For the special concert on Bainbridge, the band is sending at least 30 musicians.
“Sometimes it might just be four or five people,” Coats said, explaining that the band does a variety of performances in many locations and often does not travel with the entire group.
Coats said that students are often surprised to learn that the Navy has a band, which is typically not an occupation that comes to mind when thinking of the military.
“It’s a special opportunity [for the students],” he explained. “It gives them the ability to interact and learn from a professional musician.”