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Navy Band Great Lakes wows crowd with holiday concert at Ross

About 200 attendees, ranging in age from senior citizens to small children, enjoyed a high energy, genre-spannning concert at Ross Theater on Dec. 14 by Navy Band Great Lakes. In addition, about 70 people watched the concert online via Facebook live.

Before the concert, Lt. Patrick Hill, Director, Navy Band Great Lakes, promised, “We will be bringing you some holiday cheer and highlighting some of the amazing talents of our Sailors...the smooth crooning styles of MUC(SW) Tommy Horner, the tasty trumpet playing of the former lead trumpet player for Tower of Power, MU1 ‘Iron Mike’ Bogart, the soulful ‘Aretha-styles’ of MU3 Danlie Cuenca, the face-melting metal of our shredding guitarists, MU1 Rob Collier and MU3 Victor Martinez, and many more.”

And the band delivered on his promise.

The annual concert also provided the opportunity to showcase the positive relationship between Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) and local communities around Lake County. Local dignitaries and ordinary citizens alike had the opportunity for a rare visit onboard the installation.

“I would like to personally thank our military and local North Chicago communities for coming and supporting our concert,” said Capt. Ray Leung, Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) commanding officer. “I also would like to thank Navy Band Great Lakes. Under the leadership of Lt. Patrick Hill, the band put together an outstanding collection of holiday tunes in a great venue on base. It is time to bring the holiday cheer back to Naval
Station Great Lakes!”

“The concert was most excellent! The band was phenomenal and inspirational,” said Skip Goss, General Manager, Waukegan National Airport.

For more about Navy Band Great Lakes, visit their Facebook page at

Missed out? Enjoy clips from the concert on the NSGL Facebook page at

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