“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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Orchestra Performs Vaughan Williams, Walton, and Sibelius March 30, 2016 — The Marine Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Assistant Director Major Michelle A. Rakers, will perform music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir William Walton, and Jean Sibelius at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1, at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available behind the main church building. MORE
The Marine Band Sends Postcards to Bowie March 21, 2016 — At 7:30 p.m., March 24, the Marine Band, conducted by Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin, will deliver “Postcards” to the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Maryland. In addition to a number of domestic stops, this free concert will transport patrons internationally to France, Italy, England, and Scotland. MORE
Sousa’s March Mania First Round continues: Close Matches March 21, 2016 — “Sousa’s March Mania,” a tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite, is now two weeks into the first round of matches. MORE
Sousa's March Mania First Round: Few Surprises During First Week March 15, 2016 — “Sousa’s March Mania,” a tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite, began March 7 and is now a week into the first round of matches. There were few surprises as several pieces marched on to the second round while others remained behind, perhaps with a hope to do better in tournaments to come. MORE
Glasnost and Chamber Music March 15, 2016 — The recent passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan brings to mind many of President Ronald Reagan’s pivotal moments in office, not the least of which were the five summits with Mikhail Gorbachev. Through these negotiations, both men signed an historic treaty to reduce nuclear weapons. This era in Russia became known as “glasnost” or “openness” and led to a brand new dialogue between former rival countries. MORE
Music at the Museum March 15, 2016 — The Marine Chamber Orchestra, led by Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig, will take part in the National Gallery of Art’s four-day 75th anniversary commemoration with performances at noon and 2 p.m., Friday, March 18 in the West Garden Court in the West Building. The program will highlight the connections between music and art as well as works from that important time in American history. MORE
Double Feature March 7, 2016 — Lights, Camera, Action! Join the Marine Band for a program titled “Double Feature: Music of Adventure, Danger and Drama on the Silver Screen,” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 14 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md. The program will feature works ranging from The Sea Hawk, released in 1940, to one of the latest box office smashes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. MORE
The Romantics Come to Life March 1, 2016 — The Marine Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin, will perform the works of Clara and Robert Schumann and their close friend, Johannes Brahms, at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at Northern Virginia Community College’s Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available in the adjacent garage. MORE
Sousa’s March Mania: Vote for Your Favorite March! February 23, 2016 — When it comes to the historical knowledge and performance of marches, the United States Marine Band could be considered a prime resource, especially for those written by John Philip Sousa. That’s why during the month of March, “The President’s Own” will be hosting “Sousa’s March Mania,” a tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite. MORE
Marine Band Performs Character Pieces February 23, 2016 — At 2 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 28, the Marine Band will present a concert titled “Character Pieces,” performing Gustav Holst’s largescale orchestral suite The Planets, along with two relatively newer works for band: John Mackey’s The Frozen Cathedral and William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Four Saxophones and Band. Conducted by Major Michelle A. Rakers, the free concert will take place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va. MORE

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