In Search Of...

Looking for information on an old friend or  relative who served in a Navy band? Got a question about Navy Music? Take your question directly to the source.

Former and present Navy musicians are on Facebook, always anxious to gab about about old shipmates and bands.

Two groups are particularly valuable:
Former U.S. Navy Musicians and
Navy Musicians Association.

You'll improve your chances of finding a Navy musician by providing specific information, such as:
  • name, nickname, musical instrument, band or ship, years served, hometown.


Request for info about Brooklyn and Norfolk bands.

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Ace Leonard <>

Fri, Mar 19 at 1:32 PM
I’ve been...looking for something on the bands I was in. The Norfolk band was under the direction of Chief Hutinson.  Later a Chief Africa.  Some of the members were Noonie Wilson, Fred Stemple, Delamp and others.  The Brooklyn, NY Band  was under the direction of  L T Donald Patterson.  Some of the members were Willie Snell, Joe Tricalo. Vincent Genola, James Allen and others I can’t remember.  I understand this iis about as vague a description as you can get, but any help you could help getting any info on these bands would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you in advance,
 James E Leonard


Request for info about MU in the 1940s:  Eugene Richard Totera 

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Subject: Searching
From: Natalie Bryant <>
Date: Mon, November 11, 2019 10:07 am

Hello. My dad was in a Navy Band in the 1940’s. He had a photo of himself standing on the deck of a ship in a dark uniform and he was holding his clarinet. When he passed in July of this year and his belongings were packed up the picture was lost. I have not laid him to rest yet but he will be at a Veterans Memorial Cemetery with a military service. I’m desperately searching for a photo of him while he was serving our country and I don’t know where to start. Can you point me in the right direction? He lived in Pennsylvania when he enlisted but that all I know. Thank you. His name was Eugene Richard Totera and he served in the mid 1940’s.

Natalie Bryant