Free Concert by the Navy Band Northeast at Camden Opera House Brenda Bonneville, editor April 23, 2017 (Camden, ME) The Navy Band Northeast Pop Ensemble will bring music to the Camden Opera House on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 pm. This free performance is part of a five city tour across New Hampshire and Maine in late April. Led by its Director, Lieutenant Gregory Fritz, the band’s 30-member Pops Ensemble is known for performing traditional works for concert band while raising public awareness of the Navy and the importance of naval service; it also regularly features vocalists who perform patriotic classics, operatic arias, and Broadway showstoppers. The ensemble seeks to delight and unite audiences of children, students, adults, and especially U.S. Military Veterans. About Lieutenant Gregory Fritz Navy Band Northeast Director Lieutenant Gregory Fritz is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Akron where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and a 2002 graduate of the University of New Orleans where he received a Master of Education Administration degree. Fritz enlisted in the Navy in 1998 and served twelve years as a percussionist. His duty stations included U.S. Navy Steel Drum Band, Navy Band New Orleans, Navy Band Great Lakes, and 6th Fleet Band. He was commissioned in 2010 after completing the Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Academy at Newport, R.I. His initial officer assignment was to U.S. Navy Band Washington, D.C. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). About the Navy Band Northeast Established in 1974, Navy Band Northeast is based on board Naval Station Newport and is one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide, providing musical support for military ceremonies, recruiting, morale and retention programs, and community relations. This group of 30 professional Navy musicians supports more than 300 engagements annually throughout an 11-state area of responsibility, performing regularly for high-ranking military and civilian dignitaries, Navy Recruiting, public outreach and awareness efforts, and partnership in education programs throughout the Northeast United States. The primary components of Navy Band Northeast are: Pops Ensemble, Marching and Ceremonial Bands, Popular Music Group, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and Woodwind Trio. All ensembles perform a wide range of music from patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country, and the latest top-40 hits. Information about the band’s leadership and history as well as a listing of upcoming concerts and how to request a performance can be found here. For videos and additional information, look for the band on Facebook and Twitter. Ticket Information No advance tickets are necessary for this open to the public and free event, however seating is limited. The Camden Opera House is located at 29 Elm Street in Camden, Maine. For more information, please call (207) 236-7963 or visit camdenoperahouse.com.