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July/August 2013 w Volume 34 Number 4

13th Annual Concerto Competition Spotlight on LTJG Bruce Mansfield Funeral Support for USS Monitor Sailors

A Message from the Commanding Officer Greetings to our loyal fanfare readers, as well as our new e-fanfare readers! We’ve had a good few months at the Navy Band. We had the chance to work with some wonderful student musicians during our High School Concerto Competition. Winner Arianna Beyer is a wonderful clarinetist and an amazing young woman. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to work with some of the best and brightest young people our country has to offer. In May, we held our seventh annual silent auction, benefiting the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Spearheaded by Musician 1st Class Shana Sullivan, we managed to raise $5,000 in one afternoon. It’s quite a privilege for us to use our talents, musical and otherwise, to help our shipmates and their families. Independence Day is right around the corner, which means barbeques, fireworks and Navy Band concerts. This Fourth of July, we’ll be performing concerts at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. If you’re in Washington for the holiday, make sure to come on down and enjoy some great music. Finally, August means welcoming new Sailors to the chief’s mess. One of the major milestones in our Sailors’ careers is pinning on the anchors of a chief petty officer. Their advancement is a culmination of years of superior and dedicated service, and a sign that the Navy trusts them to raise and lead our next generation of Sailors. We will post the news to our social media sites as soon as we find out. We look forward to another wonderful Washington summer and, as always, we appreciate your support.

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Commanding Officer/Leader CAPT Brian O. Walden

Public Affairs Chief MUCM Aaron L. Porter Editorial Staff MUCM Aaron L. Porter MUCS Juan Vazquez MUC Cynthia K. Wolverton MU1 Adam K. Grimm

Photographers MUC Stephen W. Hassay MUC Brian P. Bowman MU1 David B. Aspinwall MU1 Jeremy Buckler MU1 Adele Mayne MU1 Jeremy Middleton

Brian O. Walden, Captain, USN Commanding Officer/Leader

Layout and Design MUC Stephen W. Hassay MU1 Adrienne W. Moore fanfare is a bi-monthly magazine published by the U.S. Navy Band public affairs staff. Front Cover: Battle Between The Monitor And Merrimac, historic rendering by Kurz & Allison, Chicago, Ill.


The family and I truly enjoyed the works your team brought to the Gar-Field stage. Thank you for your dedication to my country and to your craft. William – Ft. Belvoir, Va.


Never Forgotten


by Chief Musician Cynthia Wolverton

n a stormy New Year’s Eve in 1862, the nation’s first ironclad warship, Monitor, sank off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Sixteen of the 62-member crew perished. The wreckage, located on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean in 1973, was designated the first U.S. marine sanctuary and later became a National Historic Landmark. The ship has been partially salvaged, with the propeller being raised to the surface in 1998, followed by the 30 metric ton steam engine in 2001. While recovering the gun turret (for its time, a major innovation in shipboard gun design) in 2002, divers were amazed to discover the skeletons of two trapped crewmen. The remains of these Sailors were then transferred to a forensics lab in Hawaii. Even after a decade of DNA testing and facial reconstruction, positive identification has proven unsuccessful. Experts believe both were around 5 feet 7 inches tall and Caucasian. One man was likely in his late teens to early 20s and the other in his 30s.

Members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard carry the remains of two unknown Sailors whose remains were discovered inside the gun turret of the USS Monitor to caissons during a funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gina K. Morrissette/Released)

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus decided to hold their funeral on March 8, 2013. This date would coincide with the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, Continued on page where Monitor faced


Navy Band performs 13th annual Concerto Competition concert


by Master Chief Musician Aaron Porter

n Saturday, May 11, the Navy Concert Band performed its 13th annual Concerto Competition concert at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s winner, clarinetist Arianna Beyer, performed the third movement of Carl Maria von Weber’s second concerto. Beyer is a senior at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DASOTA) in Jacksonville, Fla., and is a student of Dr. Lynn Musco, the professor of clarinet at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. Among her many honors, she was the 2013 winner of the state-wide First Coast Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition for High School Musicians, the 2013 Emerson Scholar for a full scholarship to study six weeks in the orchestra program at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the 2013 Young Arts Honorable Mention Winner and the 2012 Overall Winner for the John Philip Sousa National Young Artists’ Solo Competition. She has also placed very highly in several other concerto competitions hosted by military bands and symphony orchestras. She has been admitted to the dual degree program at

Clarinetist Arianna Beyer, recipient of the Ambassador Middendorf Young Artist Award, and winner of the 13th annual Navy Band Concerto Competition, pictured with Ambassador J. Wlliam Middendorf. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Musician Stephen Hassay/Released)

the Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rochester for the fall of 2013. To be honest, we don’t have enough space in fanfare to list all of her accomplishments! Suffice it to say, Beyer is truly a rising young professional Continued on page 6


We heard the Commodores tonight at Notre Dame of Maryland University. The band was OUTSTANDING! I’ve heard the Commodores many times over the years and I must say that tonight was probably the best ever. We drove down from Harrisburg and it was worth every mile. Dave - Harrisburg, Pa.


Performance Schedule All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Tickets or reservations are not required unless noted (*). Please note that all concert information is accurate at time of publication, though subject to change due to weather and other conditions. For inclement weather announcements, please call 202-433-2525 or visit For the most up-to-date information, please check our online performance calendar at:

2013 Summer Concert Schedule U.S. CAPITOL (West Side) at 8 p.m.

July 1, Concert Band 8, Country Current 15, Commodores 22, Country Current 29, Concert Band Aug. 5, Concert Band 12, Concert Band 19, Concert Band 26, Sea Chanters

Alert! - Alert! - Alert! - Alert! - Alert! Summer concerts at the U.S. Navy Memorial have been moved to 7:30!


Sea Chanters

Thursday, July 4, 11 a.m.

Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, D.C.


Thursday, July 4, 10:30 a.m. WWII Memorial 17th St. NW/SW Washington, D.C.

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U.S. NAVY MEMORIAL 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW at 7:30 p.m.

July 9, Commodores 16, Country Current 23, Concert on the Avenue 30, Concert on the Avenue Aug. 13, Concert on the Avenue 20, Concert on the Avenue 27, Commodores

Thursday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Shenandoah University Armstrong Concert Hall 1460 University Drive Winchester, Va.

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. Goucher College 1021 Dulaney Valley Road Baltimore, Md.

Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 6, 7 p.m. Avalon Theatre 40 E. Dover St. Easton, Md.

Friday, July 12, 7 p.m.

Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood 2400 Route 97 Cooksville, Md.

Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Black Rock Center for the Arts 12901 Town Commons Dr. Germantown, Md.

Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m. Inner Harbor Baltimore, Md.

Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. Harris Pavilion 9116 Center St. Manassas, Va.

Saturday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.

Artscape 2013 Mount Royal Ave. and Cathedral St. Baltimore, Md.

The Main Street Music Festival Main Street Pavilion Main St. and Midtown Rd. Gaithersburg, Md.

Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.

Country Current


Thursday, July 4, 5 p.m.

Lincoln Memorial 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW Washington, D.C.

Renfrew Park 1010 E. Main St. Waynesboro, Pa.

Sunday, July 28, 6 p.m.

South Valley Park, Bowie Pavilion 18850 Montgomery Village Ave. Montgomery Village, Md.

We enjoyed your performance last evening at Gar-Field High School! Thank you for allowing our daughter to come backstage and meet the percussion section! It meant the world to her! Daria - Facebook



Brass Quintet

Friday, Aug. 2, 12:30 p.m.

National Air and Space Museum 600 Independence Ave. SW Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m. 1812 Celebration St. Michaels, Md.

Sea Chanters

Sunday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m. Belmont Bay Woodbridge, Va.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. Arrowbrook Park 2351 Field Point Rd. Herndon, Va.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Harris Pavilion 9116 Center St. Manassas, Va.

Friday, Aug. 30, 6:15 p.m.

Hagerstown Community College 11400 Robinwood Dr. Hagerstown, Md.


Friday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. Market Square Alexandria, Va.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. Reston Town Center 11900 Market St. Reston, Va.

Friday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m.

WWII Memorial 17th St., Independence Ave. SW Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. National Harbor Waterfront Plaza Stage National Harbor, Md.

Country Current

Thursday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. Frying Pan Park 2709 W. Ox Rd. Herndon, Va.

Skipjack Trio

Sunday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. St Benedicts Church 2612 Wilkens Ave. Baltimore, Md.


Saturday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. Memorial Park Leonardtown, Md.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m. Inner Harbor Baltimore, Md.

Friday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m. Vienna Town Green

144 Maple Ave. E. Vienna, Va.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 6:15 p.m.

Hagerstown Community College 11400 Robinwood Dr. Hagerstown, Md.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. Bellevue State Park 800 Carr Rd. Wilmington, Del.

Friday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. National Harbor Waterfront Plaza Stage National Harbor, Md.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Avalon Theatre 40 E. Dover St. Easton, Md.

Friday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. WWII Memorial 17th St. NW/SW Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. National Harbor Waterfront Plaza Stage National Harbor, Md.

Never Forgotten (continued from page 3) the Confederate CSS Virginia in the first-ever battle between two ironclad ships. More than 200 people attended the funeral, a few even dressed in Civil War garb. Many descendants of those 16 Sailors who lost their lives came to pay their respects to these two brave men, one of which just may have been their ancestor. Capt. Brian Walden conducted the Ceremonial Band, led by drum major Master Chief Musician Joe Brown. Chief Musician John Schroeder rendered taps, which coincidentally was written the same year the Monitor sank.

The remains of the other 14 crewmen who perished may also be contained in the Monitor’s wreckage, which remains 250 feet deep on the ocean floor. It is too large and fragile to move. Therefore, a marker with the names of all 16 Sailors will eventually be placed at the gravesite of the two that were recovered. When speaking at the funeral, Mabus remarked “These may very well be the last Navy personnel from the Civil War to be buried at Arlington.” The Navy Band was honored to be a part of this historic occasion. ff


Last night the Commodores wowed us with some great playing and wonderful tunes with impeccable sound. The big crowd loved it too. Your sound engineer was outstanding… every solo was crystal clear! You all represented the U.S. Navy very professionally… I was ready to enlist! Bob - Facebook


Navy Band Concerto Competition (continued from page 3) musician. For more information, go to her website at: The Navy Band’s concerto competition process is rigorous, requiring interested students to submit recordings for evaluation. Based on that evaluation, candidates are invited to the Washington Navy Yard to audition before a committee which chooses a winner and several finalists. The winner received The Ambassador Middendorf Young Artist Award of $1000. In addition, the National Capital Council Navy League of the United States generously donated awards of $250 and $200 for second and third prizes. The winner gets to perform a solo with the Concert Band, and all the finalists perform in the ensemble at the concert. We asked Arianna a few questions about her experience: First of all, tell us about your experience auditioning before the committee. I’ve been to other state and national competitions in the past couple years, but the Navy Band personnel, Christina (Chief Musician Christina Bayes, Navy Band’s concerto competition coordinator) in particular, is hands down the most hospitable and friendly I’ve met. So while any audition is always a little nerve-wracking, the friendly atmosphere helped me to relax and feel comfortable performing for the judges. I felt the judges weren’t there to pick me apart, but rather to cheer me on to do my best. You were a finalist for our 2012 competition. How did this year’s experience differ? Having already been through the finalists round before, I was able to really focus on performing to the best of my ability for the judges. I auditioned for a lot more competitions this past year, so combining my familiarity with the Navy Band High School Master Chief Musician Elizabeth Carroll retires after 26 years of service. Carroll performed as a clarinet instrumentalist, and later served as Information Systems specialist and support staff chief in charge. On the occasion of her retirement, she received the Meritorious Service Medal.

Sea Chanters

Concerto Competition with my experience competing elsewhere, I was definitely able to relax and perform more confidently this year. What was it like performing in front of the band as a soloist? Performing as guest soloist with the band is the biggest honor I have ever experienced. Being supported by such amazing musicians was so inspiring, and Captain Walden was so kind and helpful. He really put me at ease. What was it like performing in the clarinet section? Being able to sit in and perform with professionals was very inspiring, but, to be completely honest, it was a little intimidating. Regardless, I enjoyed it so much last year, that I wanted to come back again, just to have another chance to sit in with the band. Sharing a stand with (Senior Chief Musician) Laura Grantier last year and this year was definitely a highlight for me. We became Facebook friends immediately after last year’s concert, and I am privileged to be able to call her a friend and mentor. What are your plans for the future? In the fall, I will be attending Eastman School of Music and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Rochester as a Dual Degree student, pursuing undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Pre-Law. My career goal is to gain employment with a professional orchestra or military ensemble, and after my experience this past weekend, I’ll definitely be eager to audition and hopefully find myself performing with the Navy Band again! The Navy Band extends congratulations to Ms. Beyer on her selection as the winner of the competition, and wishes her good luck in the future. We’re looking forward to hearing more good things about her! ff Senior Chief Musician Gina Todd, vocalist with the Sea Chanters chorus, retires after 20 years of service. Todd served as unit leader for the chorus, as well as performing as an alto vocalist. She was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal upon her retirement.

The perfect harmony in this rendition leaves me speechless. It’s simply delicious to the ears! Amazed some of my coworkers, too. YouTube fan


Spotlight on...LTJG Bruce Mansfield by Senior Chief Musician Juan Vazquez

For the Navy Band’s newest officer, Lt. j.g. Bruce Mansfield, putting down the bass trombone and playing a key role in supporting the Navy’s mission seems to be the “perfect fit.” Tell us a little about yourself. I am originally from Brockton, Mass., but my family moved to Arizona when I was in high school. I attended Northern Arizona University for three years and transferred to Duquesne University in Pennsylvania for my senior year. At Duquesne I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance for bass trombone. Music has been a passion as long as I can remember and as a result I have studied with a wide variety of musicians over the years. The teachers with the most impact where Murray Crewe (bass trombonist at the Pittsburgh Symphony), George Roberts (bass trombonist for Nelson Riddle and Stan Kenton), George Vosburgh (principal trumpeter for the Pittsburgh Symphony), David Pack (tubist in the Phoenix Symphony) and Anthony Maiello (conductor of the GMU Repertory Orchestra at George Mason University). What is the process for becoming an officer in the Navy music program? All Navy bandmasters start as enlisted musicians. Prior to being commissioned I was stationed in San Diego from 2001 to 2006 and Italy from 2006 to 2010. Besides playing bass trombone and euphonium in concert band and jazz ensemble, I led brass quintets, New Orleans style brass bands, served as the enlisted conductor, and held a myriad of collateral duties. Becoming a limited duty officer (LDO) involves a board selection process, similar to the chief petty officer and above enlisted selection boards. When I applied, the time-in-rate requirements were 8 to 16 years, and you had to be eligible for the chief petty officer selection board. Next I requested permission to apply for the program from the chain of command. The application process involves an official interview which consists of a panel of at least three members, one of which is an LDO of any community, preferably a bandmaster, and an application that is sent to the selection board in Millington, Tenn. The board is looking for proven leadership, a well rounded Navy

leader and subject matter expert in the specialty. The decision to become a Navy bandmaster has huge impact on a family. My wife and I made a conscious decision that applying for this position meant becoming a “servant leader,” dedicating the time and energy to Lieutenant Junior Grade Bruce Mansfield take care of those I lead no matter what. One of the things that make Navy music such a great organization is that our leadership is selected from within the community. Unlike the management of many professional orchestras, all Navy bandmasters are musicians with a passion for music, Sailors and mission. At a specific point in my enlisted career, I decided that taking care of Sailors and their families as well as the direction of Navy music was a calling for me. This means the potential of moving whenever and wherever the “needs of the Navy” take me. One of my mentors, Lt. Cmdr. Ken Collins, has told me many stories of short tours of as little as eight months and quick reassignments throughout his career. Luckily my family has embraced the adventure of being in the Navy. How tough was the decision to become an officer and not make your instrument your primary focus? For me the decision to apply for LDO was an easy one. It was an opportunity to affect real change for the organization and the people whom I serve and lead. Music is and has always been part of who I am, so I knew I would find a way to integrate that into my new position. What is the role of a Navy bandmaster? The role of an LDO bandmaster varies greatly from assignment to assignment. Some billets are administrative, focused on our relationship with Navy personnel, Navy outreach and training. Other positions, such as U.S. 7th Fleet; Commander, Naval Forces Europe (CNE); Pacific Fleet; and Fleet Forces are operational. Our mission is bringing the Navy message to all corners Continued on page 8 of the world and at the

Country Current

Showing us how it’s done. Hooyah MU1 Horton! Jim - YouTube




of the navy




Sailor of the Quarter Jan.-Mar. 2013 MU1 Brandon Almagro

Spotlight continued...

same time taking care of the Sailors and families that are deployed throughout that theatre. Other duty stations, such as our command here in Washington, Navy Band Great Lakes, Navy Band Southwest and Fleet Forces Band, have a very high ceremonial impact. To quote a senior bandmaster, “there really is no job description for an LDO, you have to become what the position needs you to be at that time.” How has your time here in Washington impacted you and your family? Prior to the Navy Band I was stationed at the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md. My family and I live in Cape St. Claire, so I decided to commute instead of moving. This was also very nice because my wife teaches elementary music in Anne Arundel County and it meant that she did not have to find a new job. In my first six months at the Navy Band I must have explored every possible commuting option


Contact Information: Public Affairs Office The United States Navy Band 617 Warrington Ave. SE Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5054 202-433-3366

Chief of the Quarter Jan.-Mar. 2013 MUC Trent Turner

and got lost often. I’ve finally settled on driving to the New Carrollton Metro stop, then taking the Metro to Eastern Market and walking down Barracks Row. Exploring is one of my family’s favorite pastimes. We try to venture out and do new things in every place we live. My children are ages 4 and 6, so this means lots of zoos and amusement parks, museums and other activities. D.C. and the surrounding area offer a lot of fun opportunities for the family. What are three highlights during your time with the Navy? Anyone who has spoken with me knows that I love “sea stories” so I couldn’t pick just three! The Navy has afforded me some unbelievable experiences: - Standing in Red Square as we watched the Russian military during the Victory of Europe parade. - Marching past the colosseum in Rome during the Rome parade. ff

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