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The Sea Chanters

The Sea Chanters, the 19-voice chorus of The United States Navy Band perform a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including the sea chantey, to Broadway musicals. Organized in 1956 as an all-male chorus specializing in songs of the seas, the group was named by Admiral Arleigh Burke, then Chief of Naval Operations. Female voices were added in 1980 and the chorus’ repertoire expanded. The Sea Chanters marked their 45th anniversary in June 2001 with a concert and clinic featuring guest conductor Donald Nuen and the premiere of “Keeping the Ocean Free” by Roger Bourland and William MacDuff. The Sea Chanters, under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician John R.

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