National Memorial Day Concert

2016 Memorial Day Concert Performers

Joe Mantegna

Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Some of Joe’s film and television highlights are House of Games, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Godfather III, his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role of... READ MORE

Gary Sinise

Actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise has been working in support of veterans for over thirty years. His commitment started in the early 1980s when he began supporting local Vietnam veterans groups in the Chicago area and created the Vets Night program at the Steppenwolf Theatre, which he co-founded. This... READ MORE

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

For over fifty 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 1987-1989 Powell served as... READ MORE

Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, the President awarded her America's highest honor for an individual artist, the National Medal of Arts. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014 as the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl... READ MORE

The Beach Boys

You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold, but these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions,... READ MORE

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee, an accomplished actress and singer, first burst onto the scene in 2005 on season 5 of American Idol, where she was the runner up. McPhee’s self-titled debut album landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2007. It was also the best chart debut for a female artist in two years. Her first single, “Over the... READ MORE

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins has roared back into 2016 with the release of “Jesus and Jones,” his first single with BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records. The anthem about walking the line between Saturday night and Sunday morning is an instant classic from a man with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. It’s par for the... READ MORE

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson stars as Sharon Goodwin, head of Chicago Med, who is more than adept at her duties in NBC’s drama Chicago Med. Merkerson is an accomplished actress who has won critical acclaim for her work in theatre, television and film. She is best known for her 17-season run as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on... 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. His breakthrough role in... READ MORE

Alfie Boe

Britain’s leading tenor Alfie Boe has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic. He shared a Tony award for his role in Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 revival of La Bohème on Broadway and scaled new heights of popularity as Jean Valjean in the West End stage production of Les Misérables in London... READ MORE

Trent Harmon

Trent Harmon holds the reigning title as American Idol. The Season XV victor originally hails from east Mississippi and immersed himself in music from an early age. From singing “Amazing Grace” with his family to starring in various musicals in college, Trent credits life on his family’s farm as a major influence on his music... READ MORE

Jack Everly

Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly with... 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 internationally as well, and is considered one of the world's finest ensembles. The Orchestra, in its 85th season (2015-16), 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... 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... 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... READ MORE