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Navy band to appear at Carrollton CARROLLTON- Sr. Chief Musician Robert L. (Bob) Sisson Jr., a native of Bolivar and director of the Navy band's Sea Chanters, will conduct the all-male choral group when the band presents two performances here Wednesday in the Virginia Theater. The Washington, D.C., band, which is being sponsored by the Carrollton Area Bicentennial Commission, will have its first performance at 1 p.m. for students and its public appearance at 8. Sisson. a 17-year veteran, has been associated with music since he was 6 and began playing the piano. He is the son of the Robert L. Sissons, who reside at Westerville. Sisson attended Wittenburg University, where he majored in church music and performed as a tenor soloist with the university's touring choir. After entering the Navy in October 1958, he joined the Navy band as vocalist with the Sea Chanters. Sisson also has performed as a featured soloist with the Sixth Fleet Music Show, which toured extensively in Europe and with the Sea Chanters on the Mike Douglas Show. He also has appeared in a Navy recruiting film with Jonathan Winters. ; According to Sisson, "much of the group's repertoire is the traditional 'chanties' or 'folk songs of the sea' but we also use material from Broadway shows and Hollywood, as well as operating and classical pieces.'' Cmdr. Ned Muff ley of Allentown. Pa., is officer in charge and band leader. Also featured will be a trumpet trio comprised of Doug Phillips of Blandenburg, Md., Bruce Stanley of Milwaukee and Mark Mallare of Jamestown. N. Y. ROBERT SISSON JR. The band was recognized as a permanent representative of the Navy on March 4, 1925, when Calvin Cool'idge was inaugurated as the 30th president of the U.S. and he signed a special bill with the 68th Congress recognizing the band. Fred Delphia, head band director at Dover High, also was a former member of the band. Gene Kelley, area recruiter, headquartered at New Philadelphia, may be contacted for information on tickets. Persons also may contact Shirley Eckley chairman of the Bicentennial Commission, at 627-5865 after 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Alliance Federal Savings & Loan, Cummings Bank Co., County Vet's Club, Duvall's Men's Fashions, .First National Bank, Fox Studio, Kishman's IGA or at the door.