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The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Commission, together with the Manhattan Beach City Council, are honoring and thanking the military service and sacrifice of the South Bay men and women in uniform and their families who have served their country. Join us as we honor them at the fourth annual Salute to the Troops Picnic and Concert on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Polliwog Park Amphitheater.
The first 400 veterans and active duty military will receive a free Salute to the Troops Challenge Coin!
Navy Band Southwest
Navy Band Southwest is one of the Navy’s finest and oldest continuing musical organizations. Now with over 80 years of support to the San Diego community, the band serves as the musical ambassador for the Commander, Navy Region Southwest. Under the direction of Lieutenant Jane E. Hoffman, the band is located onboard Naval Base San Diego, and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Southwestern United States.
The 45-member organization calls upon its Ceremonial Band for the majority of its work. The band’s other performing ensembles include the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Showband West, SeaBreeze, the band’s reception combo, Brass and Woodwind Quintets, Brass Band, and the popular music group ensemble the Destroyers.
Navy Band Southwest averages over 600 performances a year. In addition to the many military activities it supports, the band's majority of performances are in support of the Navy’s retention and recruiting initiatives. It also performs for many different community concert series and professional sporting events, including regular performances with the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops. As a strong proponent of music education, Navy Band Southwest proudly participates in the Navy’s "Partnership in Education" program through educational concerts and clinics for school music programs.
Navy Band Southwest is a particularly important part of San Diego’s military heritage. Originating in 1923, Navy Band Southwest takes pride in upholding its rich tradition and promoting the pride and professionalism of today's United States Navy.
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics, then sit back and relax to the sounds of summer! Seating is first come, first served! Concerts in the Park are free and well attended; early arrival to obtain prime lawn seating is encouraged. Concert goers are asked to leave pets at home. Use low backed chairs to minimize visibility issues behind you. Don't block the aisles. Be courteous to others. No smoking in the park. Watch your children, keep them off the stage and the stage apron. Climbing the trees in the park is not permitted. Place your trash in the bins throughout the park. NO-- pets, barbecues, skateboards, scooters, or roller blades are allowed in the park. Concert staff and security are not responsible for unattended chairs blankets and other picnic items. Please do not remove items (chairs, blankets, etc.) that do not belong to you.
Parking: Please note parking can be difficult around the park during the concert series. Carpooling, walking and use of taxi/rideshare is encouraged. New for 2018, all handicap parking will be at Begg Pool parking lot and there will be a rideshare/taxi pick-up and drop-off area on Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Download the 2018 Concerts in the Park map (PDF).
*Concert band subject to change
Thank you to our generous sponsors