UPCOMING EVENTS AT FORT MONROE
Take a look at the list of upcoming events and you’re sure to find lots to do. From movie nights and lantern tours to seasonal concerts and sporting events, there’s something for everyone. Join us for one of the following events or host your own.
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Fort Monroe programs and events are presented through a collaboration of the United States Army, the Fort Monroe Authority, and the National Park Service. Events are subject to change without notice. All programs and events are free of charge, unless indicated otherwise. Some programs and events require pre-registration.
You’re invited to Fort Monroe National Monument on Memorial Day to honor the fallen men and women in service of the United States. We will also retire worn, torn, and faded flags with dignity and respect. A dropbox for used flags is available at the Colonies RV & Travel Park. Seating may be limited, please bring a chair if possible.
Tonight’s performers–Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble
Commitment to Hampton Roads Arts and Education
Among arts and cultural organizations, The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble leads by example, demonstrating a resolute commitment to the community, the musical arts and schools throughout Hampton Roads.
Our mission is simple – We seek to provide excellence in three areas: the musical arts, education, and community leadership.
Mission: The Mission of the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble is to provide quality American wind music and promote adult bands in Hampton Roads and neighboring communities. We endeavor to accomplish this by offering high quality performances that engage and inspire all our listeners.
History: In 1998, local Virginia musicians Robert Arledge and (the late) Jim Paschall formed The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble to allow the many exceptional local amateur, professional and semi-professional musicians to perform and share their musical expertise with the local community. Outstanding high school student musicians are particularly welcomed and allowed to hone their talents as they pursue a passion they will be able to enjoy the rest of their lives. One of the band’s traditions is to provide scholarships to deserving graduating student musicians that participate. Since inception, the Ensemble has become the Peninsula’s premier community-based performing group, currently including over 60 musicians and focusing on symphonic works. Approximately six performances are offered to the public at various venues on the Virginia Peninsula. The band operates as a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.
Conductor Bill Garlette
1. Piccolo Melvin Lauf
2. 1st Flute Darla Wilmot
3. 1st Flute Mary Nussear
4. 1st Flute Lacey Sullivan
5. 2nd Fl/Piccolo Deby Kidney
6. 2nd Flute Laura Fields
7. 2nd Flute Helen Crocker
8. 2nd Flute Sharon Stept
9. Oboe Melinda McKenzie
10. Oboe/EH Rena Long
11. Oboe Jenna Eppink
12. Eb Cl/2nd Cl Sue Wills
13. Solo Clarinet Tony Grizzel
14. Assistant Principal Dionna Sexton
15. 1st Clarinet Timothy Martin (ODU)
16. 2nd Clarinet Nora Naranjo
17. 2nd Clarinet Jessica Parrish
18. 2nd Clarinet Danielle Burnham
19. 3rd Clarinet Rhonda Taylor
20. 3rd Clarinet Kathy O’Conner
21. 3rd Clarinet Jim Torrey
22. 3rd Clarinet Carol Allen
23. Bass Clarinet Tom Clasen
24. Bass Clarinet Jeremy Cohen
25. Bassoon Jan Bjorklund
26. Bassoon Catherine Graham
27. Bassoon Michael Davenport
28. 1st Alto Sax Laura Cathcart
29. 2nd Alto Sax Buddy Creasy
30. Alto Sax Scott Burden (Poquoson HS)
31. Tenor Sax Kelly Ketchum
32. Bari Sax Rob Deis
33. Trumpet Heath Losick
34. Trumpet Maureen Hayes
35. Trumpet Doug Mitchell
36. Trumpet Marcy Morrison
37. Trumpet Mo Savage
38. Trumpet Kim Baugh
39. Trumpet Brian Farrell
40. Horn Ellen Polachek
41. Horn Bonnie Baffer
42. Horn Beverley Losick
43. Horn Monica Fincham
44. Trombone Gordon Pantalone
45. Trombone Nick Burgener
46. Trombone Larry Arcement
47. Trombone TJ Low
48. Bass Trombone Donald Wilmot
49. Euphonium Michael McKenna
50. Tuba Steve Rossman
51. Tuba Brad Parrish (U.S. Navy)
52. Percussion Ron Johnson (U.S. Air Force)
53. Percussion Jim Stanley
54. Percussion Sarah Williams (ODU)
55. Percussion Tyler Smith (York HS)
56. String Bass Jim McCandlish
57. Harp Melvin Lauf
58. Piano Jenna Eppink
59. Recording Eng. Benji Tomassetti
Tonight’s performers: United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Tonight’s performers: Quadruba Tuba
FOURTH AT THE FORT
Things to Do at Fort Monroe—A full day of activities
Beaches and Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier open at sunrise. Most of the beaches at Fort Monroe will be open to the public all day. City of Hampton lifeguards are on duty at Outlook Beach from 10 am – 6 pm. Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier will be open from sunrise to sunset. Fishing is not allowed at any other location at Fort Monroe. Kayak launch on Mill Creek and the Fort Monroe Recreation Center will be closed on July 4th.
Road Closure – At 9:00 am Stillwell Road will be closed from Northgate to Patch Road.
Flag Ceremony – 10 am Observing the 187th Anniversary of the death of President James Monroe, July 4, 1831
Join us for a patriotic flag ceremony, at the Flagstaff Bastion inside the stone fort. The program will include participants in period attire, a salute volley, and live period music.
Casemate Museum is open from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Casemate Museum chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe and features the cell where Jefferson Davis was briefly imprisoned, highlights Major General Benjamin Butler’s Contraband of War decision that granted refuge to three escaped slaves, and tells the history of the US Coastal Artillery Corps. Fort Monroe National Monument Junior Ranger program information and Passport stamps are also available at the Casemate Museum. Admission is free.
Family Fun in the Wherry Quarter from 5 to 8:30 pm. As you find your location to view the fireworks, stop by our food vendors who will be onsite selling a variety selections including barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, Greek and Italian cuisine, tacos, ice cream, and other frozen treats. We will also have representatives from local organizations that will allow visitors to engage in free, family fun activities.
Music by the Bay Summer Concert at Wherry Quarter at 7 pm—Featured performers will be the USAF Heritage of America “Blue Aces” Ensemble from Langley Air Force Base. “The Blue Aces” are 10 dynamic Airman-musicians who perform a diverse mix of today’s favorite artists (Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Tori Kelly, Eric Church, etc.) and the old school rock and rhythm and blues of yesterday (ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, etc.) The band, comprised of a 2 vocalists, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, horn section and audio engineer, enjoys bringing their high energy shows to a variety of audiences and settings throughout the Eastern United States. .
Fireworks at 9:15 pm—A spectacular 15 minute fireworks show will be launched from a platform in Mill Creek at 9:15 pm. This show is presented by Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA this year. The ideal location to view the fireworks is is in the event area (Soccer Field) between Stillwell Drive and Patch Road. Stillwell Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Viewing from Wherry Quarter—
1. Plan to arrive early and enjoy the concert at 7:00 pm. Parking will be limited. Guests will be travel down Ingalls Road to Patch Road to parking areas.
2. Consider bringing hearing protection. Fireworks are big and loud.
3. Please do not bring your pets.
4. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
5. You may bring coolers and picnic baskets. Please, no glass containers.
6. Grilling/open flames are not permitted. No personal fireworks are allowed.
7. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Please, no skates or skateboarding on the boardwalk, seawall, sidewalks, or closed streets.
8. Food Vendors will be on site from 5 – 9:15 pm.
9. Portable restrooms will be available.
Other viewing areas on Fort Monroe—north of Outlook Beach
1. Beach areas are available for viewing—no swimming allowed after 6 pm Lifeguards will not be present after 6 pm.
2. Please do not bring your pets
3. No alcoholic beverages
4. No grilling or open flames. No personal fireworks are allowed.
5. Bring your coolers, picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets. No glass containers, please.
1. North Beach—often referred to as Dog Beach. This area is closed to the public.
2. No viewing will be allowed from atop of the Fort.
3. No parking on the grass unless it is a designated Fourth at the Fort parking area.
4. No viewing will be allowed on the Mercury Blvd. Bridge.
5. Boaters—Hampton Police will be patrolling the Bay to ensure boaters keep a safe distance during the fireworks display
Tonight’s performers: United States Navy Fleet Forces Band