“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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Centennial Celebration in Fremont May 25, 2016 — As Americans observe Memorial Day with parades and concerts this weekend, a brass quintet from “The President’s Own” will mark the occasion with special fanfare at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum in Fremont, Ohio. At 3 p.m., Saturday, May 28, the brass quintet will perform a concert on the veranda of the Hayes estate and will also provide music for the Centennial Celebration at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 29. MORE
At Wolf Trap’s Summer Blast Off! May 25, 2016 — On Sunday, May 29, the Marine Band will perform Summer Blast Off!, a Memorial Day weekend concert at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts’ Filene Center in Vienna, Va. This year’s event is a patriotic musical extravaganza followed by a thrilling fireworks display; it is free and open to the public and will begin at 8 p.m. MORE
2016 Chamber Music Series Concludes with the Music of Paganini and Schumann May 16, 2016 — The Spring 2016 Chamber Music Series will conclude with an all-string performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 22 at the John Philip Sousa Band Hall in southeast Washington, D.C. Viola player Gunnery Sgt. Tam Tran, who coordinated and programmed the concert, was inspired by the inevitable influence composers have on each other. “I didn’t have the intention to program music that would be closely connected, but the 12-tone serialism of Arnold Schoenberg influenced several of Arvo Pärt’s compositions,” he explained. “The performing pyrotechnics of Niccolò Paganini inspired so many musicians and composers, including Robert Schumann. I also couldn’t help but wonder: are the arpeggios that begin Paganini’s Caprice No. 1 musical material that may have inspired the beginning of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for violin and piano?” MORE
Marine Jazz Combo Invited to Perform at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in Alaska May 12, 2016 — The Marine Jazz Combo will make its third appearance in 10 years on May 15-18 at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival (JJ&C) in Alaska. The annual festival, which began in 1987, seeks to provide a variety of rich musical experiences and instructional seminars at different venues in Juneau and remote towns in southeast Alaska. It’s designed to inspire, enrich and educate music lovers of all ages and economic backgrounds with a diversity of styles within jazz, classical and blues genres. MORE
Picture Studies May 12, 2016 — The Marine Band will present a program titled “Picture Studies” at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria. Conducted by Lieutenant Col. Jason K. Fettig, this concert explores how images and imagination are turned into music, with inspiration taken from ancient ballads, painting, sculpture, poetry, photographs, and film. The concert is free and tickets are not required. MORE
Marine Band Assistant Director to Guest Conduct at the University of New Hampshire May 4, 2016 — On the heels of a successful Young People’s Concert, Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin once again returns to his music education roots as the guest clinician and composer for the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Wind Band Invitational on May 4, 2016. Dr. Andrew Boysen, the UNH conducting professor and director of the Wind Symphony initiated this non-competitive event where seven high school bands will receive a 45-minute clinic from Boysen and a 40-minute clinic from Nowlin. “All the bands will be performing my music,” Nowlin explained. “Dr. Boysen builds the invitational around composers, so the visiting high school bands will each be playing something of mine.” The idea is that working with an actual composer on his own music will strengthen the experience for the students. MORE
Spice Up Mother’s Day With A Latin Jazz Concert May 4, 2016 — On Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. EDT members of the Marine Band will present a dynamic Latin Jazz fusion program featuring salsa, Afro-Cuban, Venezuelan music, Mambo, cha-cha, and a few modern arrangements in John Philip Sousa Band Hall in Washington, D.C. The concert is free and will also stream live on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_0SfI3v-9M. MORE
Remembering World War I: The Mintage of Man April 26, 2016 — In a special tribute marking the centennial of the First World War, the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra will join forces with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra in a concert titled “Remembering World War I: The Mintage of Man.” Guest curated by University of Maryland musicologist Dr. Patrick Warfield, the free concert will take MORE
Young People's Concert: Meet the Band April 19, 2016 — On Sunday, April 24, Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin and the Marine Band will help kids and families discover all the instruments that make up a concert band, their families, and all the silly, fun, and beautiful sounds they make, in this year’s Young People’s Concert: Meet the Band. The colorful concert, which is catered to children and families but open and entertaining for all, will take place at 2 p.m. in Northern Virginia Community College’s Schlesinger Center in Alexandria. Admission is free and free parking is available in the adjacent garage. MORE
Marine Band Performs for White House Spring Garden Tour April 13, 2016 — This Saturday, April 16, enjoy music in the White House Gardens as the Marine Band performs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the gardens and grounds including the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, and the South Lawn of the White House as part of the 2016 Spring Garden Tour. MORE

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