“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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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
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

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