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Marine Brass Offer a Romantic Holiday Concert

By by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust | United States Marine Band | December 17, 2014

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Coordinated by trumpet/cornet player Gunnery Sgt. Robert Singer, the holiday soundtrack will continue as Marine brass ensembles perform seasonal favorites and other works inspired by love and romance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available under the overpass on 7th Street across from the Annex.

“I chose the theme for this concert after thinking about what the holiday season means to me: family, celebrations, gift giving, love, and romance,” Singer said. “These last two words really resonated with me because I love passionate and dramatic music.”

The first half of the concert will focus on love-inspired classical works by four noted composers, including arrangements for brass ensemble of Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in B-flat, K. 361, Gran Partita; Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romance, Opus 5; and Sergei Prokoviev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet.

The second half of the concert will turn to more traditional holiday music such as Roger Harvey’s arrangement of “Ding Dong! Merrily On High,” Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song, and James Pierpont’s “Jingle Bells.” The brass ensembles will also play a medley of Hanukkah songs arranged by former Marine Band Chief Arranger Master Sgt. Stephen Bulla, USMC (Ret.), as well as Simon Wills’ original work for ten brass, A Prelude and Fugue for Christmas. Rounding out the holiday music is an arrangement of Percy Grainger’s Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol, and Dean Sorenson’s Seasons Greetings: A Christmas Medley, incorporating the popular tunes “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “O Christmas Tree,” “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

Complete program

Read Gunnery Sgt. Singer’s blog post about the program

Directions and parking information

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