Leonardtown, MD — The Navy’s premier jazz ensemble performed to a large and appreciative audience Saturday, Aug. 15 on Leonardtown square. The Commodores were founded in 1969. They are 18 members strong and introduced their new vocalist Kristine Hsla, who started the concert with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem.

The Commodores opened their set with “Limehouse Blues” and “Are You Satisfied” and stuck mostly with jazz throughout the 75-minute performance. However they did diverge at one point to play a few big band numbers which were also well received.

Musical director for the Commodores is Chief Musician Robert Holmes. Throughout the evening the various musicians from the horn and rhythm sections were featured and the spotlight shone on Hsla for several numbers.

Band leader and MC Senior Chief Musician Bill Mulligan noted that they had played two days previously in Waldorf and that band member, Musician First Class Nick Cooper lives in Waldorf. Mulligan said after driving down Indian Head Highway to that event he understood what was behind one of Cooper’s compositions – “The 210 Blues.” The band then performed that number.

To conclude their performance the Commodores played a medley of songs from the various armed services and asked veterans from those services to stand while they were being played. Hsla then provided an encore conclusion with America the Beautiful.

Mulligan said during the concert that the Commodores had never performed before in Leonardtown because one previously planned concert was rained out. He praised the crowd and said he hoped they would be invited back. Based on the audience’s enthusiastic reception to them, that is almost sure to happen again.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com

Please see the attached Photo Gallery of the Commodores concert.