The Navy Band Northeast Brass Quintet, Top Brass, is offering a free performance Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m., at Northern Essex Community College.
Known for patriotic chamber music, Top Brass offers traditional classical works for brass quintet as well as favorite military marches. This quintet performs a wide range of musical styles encompassing traditional and modern brass literature to Dixieland and patriotic marches. Quintet performances range from public concerts and educational clinics to small military ceremonies and receptions.
Navy Band Northeast Director Lt. 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 12 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).
Established in 1974, Navy Band Northeast is based on board NAVSTA 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.
Northern Essex Community College is located at 110 Elliott St., Haverhill.