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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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Saxophone Ensembles Celebrate Sax Bicentennial November 17, 2014 — November 6 marked the bicentennial of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax’s birth, so the Marine Band will honor him with an inter-service saxophone concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23 at the John Philip Sousa Band Hall in Washington, D.C. The concert will be streamed live at www.marineband.marines.mil and will feature saxophone ensembles from the Marine MORE
Early American Music Inspires Marine Band’s 30th Annual Educational Recording November 17, 2014 — Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig drew inspiration for his first educational recording as the Marine Band’s Director from an unlikely source: a one-eyed Revolutionary War tanner named William Billings. Noted historian William Bentley called Billings the “father of our New England music” due to his prolific and patriotic compositions. More than 150 MORE
Sousa by Request: Now taking requests for the Jan. 11 Sousa Season Opener November 03, 2014 — This year you can help Lt. Col Fettig program the Sousa Season Opener concert. Voting will open Nov. 3 and close on Nov. 28. You may only vote once, selecting one piece in each of the following categories: overtures, suites, dances and interludes, opera features, and orchestral showpieces. Additionally, Sousa marches are available to choose from, MORE
Letters from War: A Tribute to Veterans November 03, 2014 — On Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., the Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Washington National Cathedral to pay tribute to the members of the armed forces and their families. The 75-minute concert will include John Williams' Liberty Fanfare, Aaron Copland's Letter from Home, and the traditional hymn "Amazing Grace." The program will also feature MORE
Marine Band Softball Team Wins Championship Game October 21, 2014 — On Oct. 6, the Marine Band softball team continued a long tradition of success by defeating Company A by a score of 31-13 in the Marine Barracks Washington Softball Championship. The win marks the ninth time in the last ten years that the band’s softball team has won the championship. The win came off the collected backs of the whole team, with MORE
Farewell to General Amos October 21, 2014 — Part of the mission of “The President’s Own” is to provide music for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The mission does not dictate that the members of the Marine Band get to know and befriend the most senior general of the Marine Corps, but with Gen. James Amos, that was the case. “The band’s relationship with Gen. Amos has always been very MORE
Going the Extra Mile on Oct. 26 October 21, 2014 — “The President’s Own” Fall Chamber Series has featured programs of every kind: string-focused, brass-focused, new music, Baroque, holiday, big band, and dance features, to name just a few. But on Oct. 26, coordinator and saxophonist Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Ridlington sought to create an unlikely program that celebrates marathon running while including MORE
Highlights from “The Great American Songbook and Beyond” October 15, 2014 — The Fall Chamber Series concert at 2 p.m., Oct. 19, will feature some of the most beloved songs of all time. The first half will showcase standards of the jazz repertoire performed by small jazz combos of 3-6 musicians. The coordinator of the performance, pianist Gunnery Sgt. AnnaMaria Mottola, said, “The inspiration for this program is the MORE
October Audio Includes Sousa March and Nestico Trombones October 07, 2014 — March of the Month: The Rifle Regiment, John Philip SousaJohn Philip Sousa wrote his march, “The Rifle Regiment” in 1886 as a follow up to “Sound Off” and the wildly popular “The Gladiator.” Although he is best known as an innovator of the march form, this particular work follows the more traditional formula practiced by an earlier generation of MORE
Fall Chamber Series Includes Strings and Brass October 07, 2014 — The 2014 Fall Chamber Series continues this Sunday, Oct. 12 with a concert at 2 p.m. featuring various ensembles formed by the musicians of “The President’s Own,” from violin solos to brass quintet and solo clarinet to a mixed ensemble of seven instruments. Coordinated by percussionist Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Maloy, the performance will include music MORE

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