BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If you like Dixieland jazz, grab a lawn chair and drive over to the Biloxi Visitors Center tonight. The Navy Band performs on the ground near Porter Avenue and Highway 90, promising to play a series of toe-tapping songs that will make you smile.
The early evening concert is part of Navy Week. South Mississippi is one of 14 communities across the country where the Navy will celebrate its accomplishments. Navy leaders chose the coast for one of its Navy Week parties because of the Seabee Base and its 75th anniversary in Gulfport.
The Navy's website says Navy Weeks are designed to give Americans the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy's flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, with 195 Navy Weeks held in 71 different U.S. markets.
"Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the tremendous investment and unmatched capability they have in their Navy," said Cmdr. John Gay, NAVCO's director. "Because the Navy is concentrated primarily on both coasts, we're challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas. The Navy Week program helps us do that."
The Tuesday night concert by the Navy Band begins at 6:00 p.m. in Lighthouse Park, across the street from the Biloxi Visitors Center.