US Navy Band’s Fleet Week Concert on Hollywood Beach 4/26/12

US Navy Band’s Fleet Week Concert on Hollywood Beach
Thursday, April 26th, 7pm
Hollywood Beach Theatre
Johnson Street & the Broadwalk

TGIF is a seven-piece, New Orleans style Dixieland group boasting a long tradition of feel-good music. The group’s genesis arose from their performances at various Navy commands on Friday afternoons in the “thank goodness it’s Friday” spirit. Today, every day is Friday! This high-energy ensemble promises to turn any event into a toe tappin’, hand clappin’ smile-fest that is sure to brighten any day.

American sailors will fill the night with home grown tunes – hip hop to Dixieland blues.

The Navy band TGIF will take Hollywood beach by storm 7 p.m. April 26 with a free concert at Hollywood Beach Theater featuring all-American music from Bourbon Street blues to Led Zeppelin rock to the hipped out Soul Rebels Brass Band.

Seven active duty sailors will lay down war worries and pick up trumpets, trombones and drum sticks to provide an evening of entertainment at the Hollywood Beach Theater at Johnson Street and the Hollywood Broadwalk.

The concert is Hollywood’s premier Fleet Week happening staged to bring south Florida residents and thousands of sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel together for dancing and revelry during Broward Navy Days.

Musician First Class Kurt Ziegler, leader of TGIF and a Navy seaman for 18 years, said the band members who are also trained for combat, have so far performed in more than 100 countries worldwide.

“When we perform for the public they see us in a different way. At home, it’s a great way to give people a chance to show their patriotism and it’s always good for us to get out and see that patriotism happens,” Ziegler said.

The band, part of the Navy Band Southeast based in Jacksonville, Florida, boasts a long tradition of performing feel good music. The group’s genesis and name arose from many performances at various Navy stations on Friday afternoons in the “thank goodness it’s Friday” spirit.

TGIF members hale from California to Pennsylvania. Concert highlights will include Royal Garden Blues, the Sheik of Araby, Michael Jackson’s Human Nature, and Latin influenced Voodoo Love.

For more information call City of Hollywood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department at 954-921-3404 or visit the events page at