“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
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Summer Camps Provide More Opportunities for Educational Outreach June 20, 2016 — School may be out, but that doesn’t mean Marine Band musicians have hung up their lesson plans for the summer. Several members are taking part in music camps and providing instruction and mentorship to the next generation of musicians. These appearances take place while Marine Band musicians are in a Permissive Temporary Additional Duty status, meaning they are at no cost to the government. Principal percussion Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Latimer is headed to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington for the Summer Percussion Academy & Workshop run by percussion professor and department chair John Tafoya, also former principal timpani with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. MORE
Free Country on the Mall and at the Harbor June 20, 2016 — This week the Marine Band’s popular music ensemble, Free Country, will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol and 8 p.m., Thursday, June 23, at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The ensemble will also perform at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 25, on the plaza stage at National Harbor, as part of National Harbor’s Military Summer Concert Series. MORE
Orchestra to Perform Italian and American Program: Includes Recorder and Inner Demons June 13, 2016 — The Marine Chamber Orchestra will begin its Summer Orchestra Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. Conducted by Director Lieutenant Col. Jason K. Fettig, the concert will feature a recorder solo and highlight music by Italian and American composers. MORE
Summer Fare Gets Jazzed This Week June 13, 2016 — This week’s summer fare performances will feature evenings of jazz music, as the Marine Jazz Ensemble performs at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 15 on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol and at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 16 at the Sylvan Theater, on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Coordinated by trumpeter Master Sgt. Daniel Orban and double bassist Gunnery Sgt. Eric Sabo, the ensemble will perform a collection of jazz standards and favorites, from the slow, sultry sounds of Tommy Wolf’s “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” to the toe-tapping groove of Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli’s “Blue ‘N’ Boogie.” MORE
June 8 and 9 Summer Fare Performances Feature the Great American Songbook June 6, 2016 — This week’s Summer Fare performances at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 8 and 8 p.m., Thursday, June 9 will bring musical duos to the fore and will be conducted by one of the Marine Band’s own, guitar player Master Sgt. Alan Prather. Prather’s performance is the culmination of the band’s Conductor Training Program, which gives musicians the opportunity to study conducting, receive coaching from current and former Marine Band Directors and leaders in the field, and ultimately lead the band in concert. MORE
Summer Fare Season Begins with a Scottish Accent May 31, 2016 — “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will launch its Summer Fare season at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2 with concerts that will take patrons to a galaxy far, far away with the March of the Resistance from Star Wars: The Force Awakens by John Williams. Conducted by Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin, the program also has a distinctly Scottish accent with selections such as Percy Grainger’s “Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon,” Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “The Heather on the Hill” from Brigadoon, sung by mezzo-soprano Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, and John Hartmann’s cornet solo, “Blue Bells of Scotland.” MORE
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

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