National Memorial Day Concert

2015 Memorial Day Concert Performers

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna is a world-class, award-winning entertainer with a strong background in television, theater and film who returns to co-host the National Memorial Day Concert with Gary Sinise for the tenth consecutive year. Currently, Mantegna stars as FBI Special Agent David Rossi in season 10 of the hit CBS drama Criminal Minds... READ MORE

Gary Sinise

Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise has been actively and tirelessly supporting the troops for over 30 years. Among his numerous film and television roles, it was his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump that formed a lasting connection with servicemen and servicewomen throughout the military community... READ MORE

Nick Fradiani

Connecticut native Nick Fradiani first gained national recognition when he competed in the ninth season of America’s Got Talent with his band, Beach Avenue, before he rocketed to fame as the winner of American Idol season 14, the first contestant to win from the Northeast region. READ MORE

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

For over 50 years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. From 1987 to 1989, Powell served as... READ MORE

Gloria Estefan

International superstar Gloria Estefan is a Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers. Billboard Magazine considers her the single most successful... READ MORE

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence J. Fishburne III has achieved an impressive body of work not only as an actor but also as a producer and director. In 1992, he won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World, and Tony awards for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, directed by Lloyd Richards. READ MORE

Esai Morales

Award-winning actor Esai Morales is recognized as one of the most talented and relevant actors in Hollywood. Since his feature film debut in Bad Boys, Morales has continuously offered performances that strongly resonate in the hearts and minds of a diverse and international audience. READ MORE

Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin continues a long musical tradition for the Caribbean—with a twist. On her self-titled debut, full-length album for Republic Records, the season five winner of NBC's The Voice definitely upholds the hallmarks of her heritage while touting a decidedly spunky pop spirit. She's got attitude. She's got style. She's got soul. READ MORE

Stefanie Scott

Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Stefanie Scott is one of Hollywood’s most promising young talents. She recently wrapped production on an independent drama, Life at These Speeds, alongside Liana Liberato, Melanie Lynskey, and Billy Crudup, and a starring role opposite Anna Camp and... READ MORE

Jason Dolley

Jason Dolley is best known for starring as PJ Duncan in the Disney Channel Original Series Good Luck Charlie for four seasons. A familiar face to Disney Channel viewers, Jason has starred in three Disney Channel Original Movies: Hatching Pete, Minutemen, and Read It and Weep. READ MORE

Laura Benanti

Tony Award winner Laura Benanti can be seen this fall in the upcoming CBS action drama Supergirl. In 2014, she joined the cast of ABC's hit series Nashville, guest-starring as songbird Sadie Stone. She also appeared in recurring roles on CBS's The Good Wife and HBO's Nurse Jackie. READ MORE

Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins is the world’s most prolific classical crossover artist as well as a member of the National Memorial Day Concert family, with her return appearances welcomed each year. Last year saw the release of her tenth studio album, Home Sweet Home. In 2003... READ MORE

Russell Watson

Russell Watson never imagined he would someday be hailed as one of the world’s greatest classical singers. Once described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra,” he has released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last... READ MORE

Jack Everly

Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and appears regularly with The Cleveland... READ MORE

National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, is recognized not only nationally but also internationally, and is considered one of the world's finest ensembles. The orchestra, in its 84th season (2014-15), maintains a busy concert... READ MORE

Military District of Washington

The Military District of Washington works with Capital Concerts in coordinating the Department of Defense participation of the Premier Service Bands and Service Honor Guards. READ MORE

U.S. Army Herald Trumpets

The United States Army Herald Trumpets is the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. Founded in 1959 and patterned after traditional British “fanfare” trumpet ensembles, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets were formed to add splendor to official military ceremonies. A performing element of The United... READ MORE

U.S. Army Chorus

In 1956, the U.S. Army Chorus was established as the vocal counterpart of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own," and is one of the nation’s only professional men's choruses. From its inception, the U.S. Army Chorus has established and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature... READ MORE

U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters

The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the U.S. Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music.The Sea Chanters chorus is frequently found at the center of our most important national events... READ MORE

U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants

The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force, is one of the world’s most versatile and traveled choral organizations. Originally formed in 1945 from within the ranks of the U.S. Air Force Band, the chorus is now composed entirely of professional vocalists from leading colleges, universities, and music conservatories... READ MORE

The Soldiers' Chorus

The Soldiers' Chorus is the vocal complement of the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, DC. The 29-member mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the Concert Band of the “Musical Ambassadors of the Army.” The chorus is... READ MORE