“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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2016 Concerto Competition Winner February 17, 2016 — On Feb. 13, Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig, along with Assistant Directors Major Michelle A. Rakers, 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin, and guest adjudicator Dr. Emily Threinen, Director of Bands at Temple University in Philadelphia, selected flutist Mei Stone as the winner of the 2016 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians. She received a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and will perform her solo with the Marine Band on April 10 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. French horn player Camron Bryant of Phenix City, Ala., was selected as runner up and received a $500 scholarship. MORE
Banding Together: Partnerships in Music February 17, 2016 — Whether it is collaborating with composers such as John Williams and Jennifer Higdon or guest artists such as trumpet player Phil Smith or conductor Gerard Schwarz, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band has demonstrated time and again how lucrative musical partnerships can be. At 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Schlesinger Concert Hall, Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig will conduct a program chock full of examples of great works of music that were inspired by human relationships and tell the tale of partnerships either by the music itself or by those who bring the music to life on stage. MORE
Chamber Music Series Concert Features All-Clarinet Program February 9, 2016 — With 25 members, the clarinet section is the Marine Band’s largest section and has an impressive depth of talent and experience. At 2 p.m. on Feb. 14, the entire section will be showcased for a Chamber Music program in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. MORE
2016 Concerto Competition for High School Students February 9, 2016 — “The President’s Own” is pleased to announce that the following seven high school students will participate at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the final round of the Marine Band’s Concerto Competition: Horn: James Bryant of Phenix City, AL Oboe: Olivia Johann of Centreville, VA Flute: Alejandro Lombo of Miramar, FL Flute: Mei Stone of Waco, TX Percussion: Jackson Riffle of Pleasant Hill, OH Trombone: Ethan Shrier of Potomac, MD Trumpet: Joshua Weckerly of Hatfield, PA MORE
Orchestra Performs Legendary Works by Haydn and Mozart February 2, 2016 — The Marine Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Assistant Director Maj. Michelle A. Rakers, will perform two legendary works by composers Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, 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
Dreams and Lullabies January 26, 2016 — “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band returns to the Schlesinger Concert Hall with a concert that will tug at the heartstrings of the young at heart. Conducted by Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin, the program, “Childhood Dreams,” was inspired by David Maslanka’s A Child’s Garden of Dreams; John Williams’ “Flight to Neverland” from Hook; and Percy Grainger’s Children’s March, “Over the Hills and Far Away.” MORE
2016 Chamber Music Series Begins January 15, 2016 — **UPDATE JAN. 21, 2016: This concert has been canceled due to impending inclement weather.** “The President’s Own” 2016 Chamber Music Series begins at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 24, with a concert featuring euphonium and tubas, strings, and other brass throughout. Coordinated by trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sgt. James McClarty, the performance will take place in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. MORE
Orchestral Titans January 11, 2016 — The Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform its firstconcert of the 2016 season at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, at Northern VirginiaCommunity College’s Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center inAlexandria. Conducted by Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig, the performance,aptly titled “Titans,” will highlight how threetitans of classical music MORE
100 Years of Marine Band Logs January 11, 2016 — Thisyear marks the 100 year anniversary of the Marine Band Logbook, a collection ofdaily diaries started by the band’s 19th Leader William H. Santelmann.Santelmann initiated the logbook in 1916 to record the details of Marine Bandconcerts and events to include the time, place, purpose, and personnel andother details. According to Marine Band MORE
Sousa Season Opener January 5, 2016 — “ThePresident’s Own” returns to George Mason University’s Center for the ArtsConcert Hall for the 12th annual Sousa Season Opener at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan.10. The program will feature several ofthe “March King’s” compositions from the upcoming online album “The CompleteMarches of John Philip Sousa” Vol. 2, including “Rifle Regiment,” “Sound Off,”and MORE

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