Navy Band Northeast (NBNE) will hold its third annual Alumni Concert at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport on August 17 at 6pm. Led by its Director, Lieutenant Joel Borrelli-Boudreau, the alumni-augmented NBNE Pops Ensemble will perform traditional works for concert band and feature vocalists who perform patriotic classics, operatic arias, and Broadway showstoppers. This special performance will also feature an Alumni Big Band led by Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Terry Chesson and Lieutenant Commander (Retired) Carl Gerhard, performing jazz and swing favorites. The ensembles comprise all active duty members of Navy Band Northeast as well as past band members who come especially to play for this must-hear event. St. Michael’s Country Day School is located at 180 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport RI. The concert is free and open to the public.
Navy Band Northeast Director Lieutenant Joel Borrelli-Boudreau is from Methuen, Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Arts in conducting from George Mason University, a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from The Catholic University of America, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. Borrelli-Boudreau enlisted into the U.S. Naval Academy Band, performing with the Concert Band, Next Wave Big Band, Brass Quintet, Trombone Quartet, and marching/ceremonial units. In September of 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and subsequently received his commission in October 2012. He has served officer tours as Director, Navy Band Fleet Support Unit and Training Support Officer, Naval School of Music. In November of 2014, he was assigned as Assistant Director, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, and in June of 2017, was promoted to Director, Navy Band Northeast in Newport, RI. LT Borrelli-Boudreau’s personal military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, as well as numerous other unit and personal awards.
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.