“This is America,” said Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander, the drummer and unit leader of the U.S. Navy’s pop band, Cruisers, an eight-member group who performed in Ludington Wednesday.
“This is what it’s really about,” he said of Ludington and the Midwest following the Ludington Daily News-sponsored show at Waterfront Park.
He and his fellow band members are on a tour through the Midwest now, away from their home base and Alexander’s hometown, Washington, D.C.
They loved Ludington and the crowd loved them back.
“It was fantastic,” said Gary Miller, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. “It was the best thing I’ve heard all year.”
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Musician 1st Class David Smith, a native of Hyattsville, Maryland,plays the trumpet Wednesday during the Ludington Daily News-sponsored Navy Band Cruisers concert at Waterfront Park. The band drew a huge crowd. See video here at www.ludingtondailynews.com.
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