The Navy Sea Chanters are making a splash on the internet with a mashup of “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas and “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga.
Performed by the Navy Sea Chanters at Walter Johnson High School, the group was led by Musician 1st Class Amy N. Broadbent and accompanied on percussion by Musician 1st Class David Agee.
Officially known as the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, the group is a subset of the larger United States Navy Band.
This mixed chorus was started in 1956 by Admiral Arleigh Burke with the aim of “perpetuating songs of the sea”. They are known for performing various styles of music such as traditional choral music, sea chanteys, patriotic fare, opera, Broadway and contemporary music.
In this performance, the group looks quite casual in their demeanor with the lead singer even pausing at one point to say, “What else?” before launching back into the performance without missing a beat.
The group is often at the center of important national events to help spread patriotic cheer and comfort citizens during times of national mourning.
They have also appeared on national television on shows like Larry King Live, Fox and Friends and CBS This Morning, as well as the Super Bowl and the national premier of the movie Pearl Harbor.