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Navy Steel Band on the roof of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto RicoNavy Steel Band on the roof of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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While serving his final active tour as Commandant of the Tenth Naval District in San Juan, Puerto Rico, between December 1956 and July 1960, Rear Admiral Daniel Vincent Gallery, immortalized his name with a unique achievement subordinating even his earlier military exploits because of the novelty and world acclaim.

 Rear Admiral Daniel Vincent Gallery Rear Admiral Daniel Vincent Gallery

In February 1957, the Admiral conceived and established the United States Navy Steel Band, the first all-American steel band and the only military steel band. Controversial and unorthodox, Admiral Gallery would not be content with the conventional military brass band assigned to admirals so long as he could substitute something unique and novel in it's place and be the first to have that novelty. That opportunity came in February 1957, when for the first time he heard the famous steel bands of Trinidad during the annual Carnival. "The music just got inside me and shook me up." 

The Tenth Naval District Steel Band – or Admiral Dan's Pandemoniacs, became the ‘US Navy Steel Band’ and toured the world as ambassadors of the U.S. Navy until 1999. | see more |

Navy Steel Band leader Skip Poole performing at the Admiral's Quarters in San Juan, Puerto RicoNavy Steel Band leader Skip Poole performing at the Admiral's Quarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico

 


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