The United States Navy's official chorus will be making a stop on Cape Cod next month. The Navy Band Sea Chanters will perform live at Mattacheese Middle School in West Yarmouth on Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
The chorus, which performs for the public all over the country, was founded in 1956. The all-male group was assembled to perform patriotic and maritime favorites for a State of the Nation dinner that year. The success of that performance led to an official name for the group and a transfer from the Navy School of Music to the Navy Band.
In 1980 the Sea Chanters opened to women and the chorus expanded its repertoire, according to the Navy Band website.
In addition to singing sea chanteys and patriotic songs, the Sea Chanters perform everything from opera and Broadway to contemporary music.
The group plays a vital role, helping the American public celebrate and mourn. The Sea Chanters have performed at inaugurations and other important national events. They have also performed at solemn events including the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington following 9/11 and at the funerals of former President Ronald Reagan and former President Richard Nixon and at the interment of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The Sea Chanters have also performed with notable symphonies including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and with artists including Perry Como and Kenny Rogers.
In April during their 2016 National Tour, the Sea Chanters will perform at several locations in New England. The West Yarmouth performance is one of only three in Massachusetts.
The April 17 performance in West Yarmouth is free. Tickets are available in advance through the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce by visiting the chamber or sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, 424 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673.
Mattacheese Middle School is at 400 Higgins Crowell Road in West Yarmouth.