Navy Band Southeast's Dixieland Jazz Band
Navy Band Southeast’s TGIF is a New Orleans-style Dixieland band boasting a long tradition of feel-good music throughout the
Southeast. The group arose from performances at various Navy commands on
Friday afternoons in the “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” spirit. With them every day is Friday!
This high energy ensemble promises a toe tappin', hand clappin' smile-fest that is sure to brighten your evening!
Established in 1995, Navy Band Southeast is one of 13 official U.S. Navy Bands. Proudly representing the Commander, Navy Region Southeast, the band consists of 35 highly trained professional musicians dedicated to the highest levels of musical performance. Highly versatile, the band or any of its various sub-groups are perfect for the widest variety of musical settings including military ceremonies, public concerts, parades and much more. Inspiring pride and patriotism through music, this incredibly popular unit performs more than 500 engagements annually throughout the Southeastern United States.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS OF TGIF
Musician Second Class Eric Sider was born in the thriving metropolis of Dillsburg, PA. MU2 Sider has been playing trumpet since 1985, during which time he has performed with big bands, jazz combos, classical orchestras and brass quintets in 15 countries across North America, Europe and Africa. MU2 Sider holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Geneva College.
Musician First Class Justin Albritton is a native of Kenner, Louisiana. Before joining the Navy in 2006, he was a freelance trumpet player throughout the New Orleans Metropolitan area and served as Band Director for the Springfield High School Band in Springfield, LA. MU1 Albritton holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University located in Hammond, LA.
Musician Third Class Richard Hanks is a trombone player from Gardner, MA. He received BA and MM from the University of Massachusetts.
Musician Second Class(SW) Brian Sadler trombone) was born in Bethesda, MD, and graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in Swiftwater, PA in 2001. After high school Brian enlisted in the US Navy serving as a musician for three years at the CINC South Band in Naples, Italy, and 18 months at Navy Band Northwest. He then earned a degree in music composition at Arizona State University. Three years later he answered his country's call again and re-entered the Navy. Following a year in the Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, VA, Brian spent four years at the 7th Fleet Band in Yokosuka, Japan, and traveled throughout Asia and Australia while deployed on the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). Brian met his wife Mary while on a gig in Brunei and they got married in November of 2011.
Musician Third Class Andrew Cummings grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University, where he also earned a B.M. in Saxophone Performance. In the Jacksonville area he has appeared as a featured soloist with the First Coast Wind Ensemble, of which he is a member, and as a guest artist/clinician at Jacksonville University. MU3 Cummings was a high school music teacher for four years prior to becoming a Navy Musician in 2011.
Musician Third class Frederick K. Vaughan II is from Dinwiddie, Virginia. He has attended several colleges and universities. As a woodwind instrumentalist, he has performed with rock bands, jazz bands/combos, symphony orchestras, concert bands, polka bands, chamber groups, and is featured as a soloist numerous times throughout the year. MU3 Vaughan has performed in 15 different countries. He has taught several master classes and served as a guest artist at various conservatories and universities in 9 different countries. In addition to his rigorous performance schedule he teaches private woodwind lessons.
Musician First Class Scott Verville is from Altamonte Springs, Florida. He plays electric guitar and has a Master's Degree in Jazz Composition from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida.
Musician First Class David Kraftchak hails from Palm Springs, Florida. He attended Brevard College for Vocal Performance before joining the U.S. Navy in 1998. During his service he has worked as a Vocalist and Navy Recruiter, and is one of the original five musicians to become a Fleet Musician Sound Engineer. In addition to his Naval duties he works as a Certified Flight Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor while balancing his home life with his wife and four children.
Musician Third Class Clark McDaniel hails from Flower Mound, TX. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio, Television, & Film from the University of North Texas. MU3 McDaniel has been a bass guitarist with the Navy for two years.
Musician Second Class Steven DiResto is from North Providence, RI. He is the Unit Leader and drum set player for TGIF.