If I ever had a new aria to learn I would listen to Gedda first in order to make sure I was “doing it right.”
Garrett Harris 4 p.m., Feb. 27
Inception: San Diego, 1923
Founded in 1923 as a 30-piece band formerly known as the Navy Band San Diego (until 1999), Navy Band Southwest is a 45-piece ensemble with a rotating membership. The individual ensembles include the big band music of Showband West, the Latin group Crucero, and a rock outfit called the Destroyers, founded by Ernie Encinas.