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US Navy Music Program

Navy Band Mid-South

Navy Band Mid-South is the United States Navy’s premier musical organization in the Mid-South region. Attached to Commander, Navy Personnel Command, this diverse group of 35 professional Navy Musicians is all active duty men and women performing full-time for the Navy. Under the direction of LTJG Charles S. White, the ensembles that emerge from this fine group of sailors perform music from Bach and John Philip Sousa, to the most current pop, rock, and jazz hits. The band operates from Millington, Tennessee.

The base was established in September of 1942 when the former Park Field was named Naval Reserve Aviation Base (NRAB). Then, in January of 1943 the base was named Naval Air Station (NAS) Memphis, also encompassing the band as a tenant command. Navy Band Memphis began its musical support of a twelve state area of responsibility that corresponds with NRD Dallas, St. Louis, and Nashville.

The base and band’s name was later changed to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South as a result of the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) to reflect the Navy’s approach to regionalization. Navy Band Mid-South currently has a twelve state area of responsibility that stretches north to the border of Iowa, west to the border of Texas, east to the border of Tennessee and south into parts of Alabama and Georgia. Navy Band Mid-South is made up of very talented and versatile musicians.

There are four primary performing units that surface from this band’s personnel; a military ceremonial band, a contemporary music ensemble, jazz ensemble, and a brass quintet. These units furnish our eleven state area of responsibility with a wide array of musical styles and genres for their listening enjoyment, community functions and military support needs.

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