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Naval Academy Gospel Choir to Perform

Posted on: February 20, 2014 08:00 EST

Press Release #: #016-14

ANNAPOLIS, Md.— The U.S. Naval Academy Gospel Choir will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to present a “A Salute to America’s Heroes,” concert in Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m. The concert will be held at the Greater Shiloh Missionary Church, located at 2135 Jefferson Ave., Birmingham, Ala. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

      The U.S. Naval Academy Gospel Choir, under the direction of Karla Scott, is an upbeat, inspirational musical ensemble comprised of midshipmen from of various races and creeds and reflects the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen.  The choir regularly travels throughout the U.S. and abroad to represent the naval service through their unique musical talents and passion to praise through song.  Their ten-day trip to Korea in March 2011 garnered international acclaim from ambassadors and state department officials.

     “We are looking forward to bringing this premier ensemble to Birmingham and to giving the gift of music to the community,” said Karla Scott, Gospel Choir Director.  “When we sing, we honor those who have served our nation.  All of our midshipmen will be serving our country as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps upon graduation and commissioning from the Naval Academy.”   

     In addition, the Gospel Choir will visit two Birmingham area high schools, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School and Ramsey High School, to provide special assembly programs for their student bodies. Student assembly concerts are not open to the public. They will also provide music at the 9:30 a.m. worship service at the Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Ala. Sunday, March 9.

     Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college.  Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 23 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

     For more information on the Naval Academy Gospel Choir, please visit www.usna.edu/music.  For more information about the Naval Academy, visit www.usna.edu.

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