“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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Marine Band Performs for White House Spring Garden Tour April 13, 2016 — This Saturday, April 16, enjoy music in the White House Gardens as the Marine Band performs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the gardens and grounds including the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, and the South Lawn of the White House as part of the 2016 Spring Garden Tour. MORE
Music of Hope and Faith April 13, 2016 — The Chamber Music Series concert at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday, April 17, will showcase an eclectic mix of music by various ensembles from “The President’s Own,” from harp solos to wind octet with percussion and trombone octet to clarinet, violin, cello, and piano quartet. The program was coordinated by bass trombonist Master Sgt. Karl Johnson and will MORE
Free Country Concert at the Blessing of the Fleets April 13, 2016 — On Saturday, April 16, both the Marine Band and its popular music ensemble, Free Country, will perform as part of the U.S. Navy’s 25th annual Blessing of the Fleets. Both performances will take place at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The festivities begin at 1 p.m., following the Cherry Blossom Parade. MORE
The Stars and Stripes Forever wins March Mania April 8, 2016 — Overthe past four weeks, “The President’s Own” hosted “Sousa’s March Mania,” atournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band onlinecommunity to determine which one is the favorite. In the third year of thecompetition and after being defeated by Norwegian marches in 2014 and 2015,John Philip Sousa’s march “The Stars and Stripes MORE
The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa: Vol. 2 April 7, 2016 — “Marches, of course, are well known to have a peculiar appeal for me. Although during a busy life I have written ten operas and a hundred other things—cantatas, symphonic poems, suites, waltzes, songs, dances and the like—marches are, in a sense, my musical children. I think Americans (and many other nationals for that matter) brighten at the tempo of a stirring march because it appeals to their fighting instincts. Like the beat of an African war drum, the march speaks to a fundamental rhythm in the human organization and is answered. A march stimulates every center of vitality, awakens the imagination and spurs patriotic impulses which may have been dormant for years.” -John Philip Sousa, “Marching Along” MORE
Marine Band Performance: State of Mind April 5, 2016 — The Marine Band will present a program titled “State of Mind” at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria. Conducted by Assistant Director Maj. Michelle A. Rakers, the selections emphasize the very nature of music and its persuasive qualities. Each piece highlights some mental state, MORE
Fidelis Four Set: Sousa’s March Mania April 5, 2016 — Over the past week, “Sousa’s March Mania” participants have voted for Sousa marches, taken down a past Mania champ, and pushed through the 2015 Mania winner.Advancing from “Sousa’s Sixteen,” 2014 March Mania champ Entry March of the Boyares dominated Globe and Eagle with a 450 to 222 win and “The Circus Bee” buzzed past “The Thunderer” 325 to 313. MORE
March Mania Moves into the Round of “Sousa’s Sixteen” March 30, 2016 — “Sousa’s March Mania” recently completed its first round sending 16 winners into the “Sousa’s Sixteen” round, and 16 losers back to the shelves with hopes for next year. MORE
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

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