"Victory at Sea," the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches’ annual tribute to America and its armed forces past and present, pays special honor to the United States Navy, while showcasing the extraordinary versatility of the group’s musicians with selections ranging from a historic television soundtrack to the nation’s favorite patriotic melodies. The program features excerpts from the soundtrack to NBC’s groundbreaking 1950’s documentary series Victory at Sea, a magnificent setting of "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" (widely known as “The Navy Hymn”), an intricate suite of patriotic tunes entitled American Pageant from the Marine Band library, and other works appropriate to the evening’s theme. Tap your toes and sing along to familiar patriotic melodies, Sousa marches and more.
Victory at Sea, NBC’s Emmy-winning documentary television series about warfare in World War II, and naval warfare in particular, was first broadcast during 1952–1953 in 26 half-hour segments. While the black-and-white visual images of the program came from archived wartime footage, the original music soundtrack composed by Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett, and recorded by the legendary NBC Symphony, has endured for more than 60 years as a stirring reminder of that era. The Symphonic Band’s featured work at this concert will be excerpts from that same score.