By Lindsay Carey
The United States Navy Band’s jazz ensemble, the “Commodores,” is making a stop in Southington for a performance on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., as a part of their 2014 National Tour.
The Commodores are a group of 19 jazz and big band musicians, and is just one of the U.S. Navy Band’s ensembles. The Kiwanis Club has procured the Commodores before, as well as another ensemble known as the Sea Chanters. The last time the Kiwanis Club hosted the U.S. Navy Band in Southington was in 2011.
“They come every three or four years,” said Beverly Skinnon, president of the Kiwanis Club. “They’re busy most of the year performing for the president and doing military funerals. It takes a long time to get them.”
The U.S. Navy Band has been performing at public concerts and events around the states for about 85 years.
“It’s the perfect day to honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces, to give back to the community and instill a sense of patriotism,” said Skinnon.
Though the concert is free, Skinnon said that the event will probably cost the Kiwanis Club about $500 between the posters, making tickets and providing the band with dinner.
However, the club still is not asking for monetary donations at the event.
“The Kiwanis motto is to serve,” said Skinnon. “We’re always looking for opportunities to improve the lives of people in the community.”
The group is asking that concert attendees bring non perishable food items that will be donated to Bread for Life and the Southington Community Services.
Volunteers from The Key Club, a community service club at SHS and Kiwanis affiliate, will be helping with the event. Skinnon is appreciative of the help, as the event typically draws big.
“Every time we’ve had this concert, it’s been standing room only,” said Skinnon.
By Lindsay Carey