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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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Summer Fare Features American Marches, Clarinet Showpiece, and Cole Porter Tunes June 23, 2014 — The Marine Band’s Summer Fare continues this week under the baton of Assistant Director Maj. Jason K. Fettig with performances at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26, on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. Bookended by marches by American composers John Philip Sousa and Russell Alexander, the concert will also feature several MORE
Drum Major Relief and Appointment June 23, 2014 — The Drum Major is one of the most visible members of the Marine Band. While he stands in front of the band, he wears a bearskin headpiece and carries a long wood and brass mace. The ornate sash worn across his chest, called a baldric, is embroidered with the Marine Band’s crest and the Marine Corps’ battle colors; it signifies his position as Drum MORE
Free Country at the Capitol June 16, 2014 — The Marine Band’s contemporary country music ensemble, Free Country, will perform popular country hits and classics, patriotic favorites, and original works at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19, on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol. Free Country offers performances that include humor and reflection while always paying tribute to MORE
Arlington National Cemetery Turns 150 June 10, 2014 — The musicians of “The President’s Own” perform in dozens of venues in and around Washington, D.C., and across the country on tour, but none is more revered than Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). The Marine Band has performed at ANC for standard and full honors funerals for both former and active duty Marines, memorial dedications, remembrance MORE
Web Exclusive: “The Washington Post” Turns 125 June 10, 2014 — The Marine Band’s March of the Month for June features John Philip Sousa’s march, “The Washington Post,” which was written 125 years ago this month. In the late 1800s The Washington Post was just one of four newspapers in the District of Columbia vying for readers. At the time, owner and founder Stilson Hutchins led with stories such as “Do Not MORE
The Marine Band Salutes the Wind Band Tradition June 10, 2014 — When Assistant Director Capt. Michelle A. Rakers steps up to the podium at 8 p.m. on June 11 and 12 on the West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol, she will conduct a program that salutes the tradition of the wind band with English folk songs written by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leonard B. Smith’s aptly titled march “The March King,” and one of John Philip MORE
Summer Orchestra Series Opener Celebrates Father’s Day June 03, 2014 — The Marine Chamber Orchestra will kick off its Summer Orchestra series with an all-Bach concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. Conducted by Assistant Director Capt. Michelle A. Rakers, the concert will highlight the father/son MORE
New Music Corner: Michael Daugherty’s Bells for Stokowski June 03, 2014 — The Marine Band’s New Music Corner in Web Exclusives will feature Michael Daugherty’s inventive homage to the legendary conductor Leopold Stowkowski, Bells for Stokowski. It was performed by the Marine Band and guest conducted by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero on March 31, 2014, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at the Northern Virginia MORE
Marine Band Director’s Final Summer Concerts June 03, 2014 — After 27 years in “The President’s Own,” Colonel Michael J. Colburn will soon be stepping down from the band’s podium and putting away his Marine Corps uniform. This week, Col. Colburn will conduct his final two Marine Band summer concerts at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on the National Mall; In August 2014, he will join the faculty at Butler MORE
Memorial Day Tributes May 20, 2014 — In honor of Memorial Day, Marine Band trumpet players will sound “Taps” at three ceremonies on Monday, May 26; all are free and open to the public. The City of Falls Church, Va., will host its annual Memorial Day parade and festival with a ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m. At noon, the town of Vienna, Va., will feature a Memorial Day tribute MORE

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