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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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September Featured Downloads September 02, 2014 — This Month’s March of the month is John Philip Sousa’s “Powhatan’s Daughter.” The daughter referred to in the work’s title is none other than Pocahontas, the legendary Native American princess who saved the life of early American explorer John Smith. Sousa was commissioned to write the march for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition, the 300th anniversary MORE
Music in the Schools September 02, 2014 — “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is pleased to announce the 2014 Music in the Schools (MITS) program. Each year, the Marine Band presents programs designed to introduce musical instruments and concepts to elementary school students throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. This year’s program will take place from Oct. 1-31 MORE
Marine Strings at Millennium Stage September 02, 2014 — On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m., a Marine string quartet with clarinet will present a free performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C. Programmed by violinist Master Sergeant Regino Madrid, the concert will feature two masterpieces of the classical repertoire: Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in C, Opus 20, No. 2; MORE
Summer Fare Concludes With Marine Dixieland Band August 26, 2014 — The Marine Band’s 2014 Summer Fare concerts will conclude this week with the swinging, southern rhythms of the Marine Dixieland Band at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol and at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Both concerts are free and no tickets are MORE
Commemorating the Battle of Bladensburg August 18, 2014 — This year marks the bicentennial of The Battle of Bladensburg during the War of 1812 and, in commemoration of the battle, Prince George’s County is hosting the free event “Undaunted Weekend” Aug. 23-24. The event will kick-off with the Marine Band performing patriotic music for the dedication of the “Undaunted in Battle” monument at 11 a.m., MORE
Marine Strings at Millennium Stage August 18, 2014 — On Friday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m., a Marine string ensemble will present a free performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C. Coordinator Staff Sgt. Chaerim Smith offers her thoughts on the program:It goes without saying that the Kennedy Center is an iconic space, both for musicians and audience members alike. So when MORE
A “Rendezvous” with Latin Jazz August 18, 2014 — Patrons attending the Summer Fare performance on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and Thursday, Aug. 21 will be treated to one of the Marine Band’s up and coming groups, the Marine Latin Jazz Ensemble. Led by pianist Gunnery Sgt. AnnaMaria Mottola, the musicians include flutist Staff Sgt. Kara Santos, saxophone players Gunnery Sgts. Gregory Ridlington and Ivy MORE
Assistant Drum Major and the Battle of Tarawa August 11, 2014 — Four years ago, trumpet player Staff Sergeant Steven Williams, then a member of the 2d Marine Division Band, stood on a beach in the Pacific Ocean to sound “Taps” for the fallen of the Battle of Tarawa. As the current Assistant Drum Major of the Marine Band, Williams recently led the band in a funeral for World War II casualty Pfc. Randolph Allen, MORE
August Audio Includes Mozart’s “Gran Partita” and Sousa March August 11, 2014 — The Director’s Choice audio download for the month of August is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in B-flat, K. 361, “Gran Partita.” The work is only one of three pieces that Mozart contributed to the medium “Harmoniemusik,” music for pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons that was very popular during Mozart’s time. However, the MORE
A “Distinctly British” Marine Chamber Orchestra August 11, 2014 — In his first Marine Chamber Orchestra concert, 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin will conduct a distinctly British program comprised entirely of music written “across the pond.” Selections include Sir Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E minor, Opus 20; David Lyon’s Concerto for Horn and Strings, featuring soloist Gunnery Sgt. Greta Richard; Peter MORE

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