Fayetteville native performs with US Navy Band at Morehouse College


Musician 1st Class Laura Zitelli is coming home to Atlanta on tour with the United States Navy Band. The band will make an appearance at Morehouse College, just a short distance away from Zitelli’s hometown of Fayetteville. Georgia is one of seven states to host performances by the United States Navy Band during its 2020 tour – one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs.

The United States Navy Band, featuring the Concert Band, Sea Chanters chorus and Cruisers popular music group, is scheduled to perform March 14 at 3 p.m. at Morehouse College, MLK International Chapel. Information about how to obtain free tickets can be found on the Navy Band website.

Musician 1st Class Laura Zitelli joined the Navy Band in 2019 as a clarinet instrumentalist in the Concert and Ceremonial Band.

A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Zitelli enlisted in the Navy in 2019. Upon completion of recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, she reported to the U.S. Navy Band in Washington D.C.

Prior to joining the Navy, Zitelli earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina, where she was a finalist for the MTNA Young Artist Competition, and performed with the Piccolo Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina. She went on to earn a Master of Music and Artist’s Certificate in clarinet performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing ensembles embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.