Navy Lt. Patrick K. Sweeten, the bandmaster for Navy Band Great Lakes, conducts a joint Navy-Marine Corps band during a performance at Sinnissippi Park Music Shell here, Aug. 14. The Navy band joined the Marine Corps Band New Orleans to perform during the War of 1812 Commemoration celebrations in Chicago. A three-year national celebration honoring the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner” began in New Orleans in April 2012 with other celebrations taking place in New York, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland and other cities. The Marine Corps Band New Orleans undertook a seven-week trip to Northern United States to perform during these events. The Marine Corps’ role in this event reinforces its naval character and showcases the Navy-Marine Corps team.
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