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Enjoy Live 40s Era Entertainment All Day

Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the sights and sounds of 1940s entertainers in the comfort of our Navy hangar. Whether you’re looking for a good laugh or want to sit back and listen to some classic patriotic tunes, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Frank Sings Frank

Frank Cubillo is the voice and energy behind his Frank Sinatra Tribute Act called “Frank Sings Frank”. He’s a retired Marine Colonel who served over 37 years on active duty. A native New Yorker, Frank has learned to sing over 285 Sinatra songs (by heart) plus hits from Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Michael Buble.

He currently performs all over Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, and Richmond VA. He entertains locally at the VB Oceanfront and Town Center, at weddings, restaurants, private parties, military reunions, WWII air shows and senior living retirement centers. Frank was the featured vocalist for a Sinatra Tribute concert performing with the Tidewater Winds Jazz Band in March, 2017 and is scheduled to reprise this 2-hr concert performance this Summer (2017) in the South Hampton Roads Cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth.

This guy has a real passion for singing and entertaining….Frank performs the “Standards” from the Great American Song Book and all of Sinatra’s greatest hits. “Start Spreadin’ Da News”!

America's Sweethearts

America's Sweethearts are a performing actress group based out of New York. They specialize in historic entertainment filled with enough fun for the whole family. Dont miss your chance to see this once in a lifetime experience.

Take a trip down memory lane as you enjoy America's Sweethearts! This vocalist group is dedicated to providing "history through harmony". They've taken the intricate harmonies of the Andrews Sisters, and stretched it through the decades to create a wide variety of shows that span over 100 years of music! This warm-hearted group of women are full of energy and cheer. They really make you feel like you're a part of the 1930's and 40's.

Theresa Eaman

Theresa Eaman began performing jazz standards during her early teen years in Reading, Pennsylvania. A classically trained vocalist, she specializes in jazz standards and reenacting the music of the World War II-era. She presents the listener with renditions of all their favorites featuring the stylings of the original recordings, while incorporating her own personal touches. Theresa’s performances celebrate an era where music made people laugh, cry, and fall in love.

Theresa has performed in New York City, San Diego, California, and throughout Idaho and Pennsylvania. She has appeared at Warbirds Over the Beach since its inaugural year in 2009.

Hampton Roads Metro Band

The Hampton Roads Metro Band, originally called the Norfolk Fire Division Firemen’s Band, was formed in the early 1930s by its first conductor, Pacific Romeo. After his death in 1970, he was succeeded by Hal Peterson. In 1981, the Norfolk Fire Department was no longer able to sponsor the band, and at this time, it adopted its present name, Hampton Roads Metro Band.

Over the years, the Band’s membership grew and shrunk and grew again. Conductors included several notable retired military musicians and music educators. The current conductor, Dick Schroeder, assumed the post in 2005. Currently, there are over 45 members and the Band proudly continues to provide music for the citizens of Hampton Roads.

The Mark Michielsen Big Band

The Mark Michielsen Big Band joins us at this year’s Warbirds Over the Beach as the feature of the Saturday evening hangar dance. Mark has been playing trombone for over 30 years, and his band has been entertaining crowds since 2010.

Mark Michielsen is originally from Midland Park, New Jersey. He began his music career in the Marine Corps in 1981, and he has performed around the world at both military and civilian venues with various Marine Corps bands, the Virginia Symphony, Hawaii Symphony and others. He also taught at the Armed Forces School of Music and is a talented composer. Mark has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition from Old Dominion University and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Norfolk State University.

The 17-member Big Band plays all sorts of venues across the country and has a huge collection of big band music in their repertoire. This rambunctious crew of gifted musicians has performed throughout Europe, Japan, the Middle East and, of course, the United States. The musicians have worked individually and together on numerous recording projects for movie soundtracks and CDs, and most have had the honor of performing for various United States Presidents and the US Congress, as well as other dignitaries and heads of state around the world.

Join us in the Army hangar Saturday evening and dance to all your favorites from the World War Two era. You may even hear a Mark Michielsen original performed! The band’s CDs are also on sale in the Museum gift shop.

Vintage Swing Dancers

New Yorkers Heidi Rosenau and Joe McGlynn share a fascination with the history of World War II. They have spent the last decade studying vintage dances, music, and clothing of the period.

This weekend they take the stage to offer non-choreographed dance, spirited demonstrations that convey the escape, joy, and sense of community that American music inspired during tough years. They’ll also discuss the range of styles found across the country…from Harlem’s Lindy Hop, to Collegiate Shag, to a form of Swing from Southern California now known as Balboa.

Heidi and Joe have competed in all three swing dances nationally and continue to take classes. Their love of recreating, sharing, and perpetuating historic dances has led to engagements on a regular basis at several national events.