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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
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First Orchestra Concert as Director of “The President’s Own” July 14, 2014 — One week after accepting the Sousa baton and command of “The President’s Own,” Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig will conduct his first Marine Chamber Orchestra concert as Director at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 19 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. The program includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s MORE
Summer Fare Features Marches, Tuba Solo, and “America, the Beautiful” July 14, 2014 — The Marine Band’s Summer Fare concerts this week feature newly commissioned 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin making his conducting debut in his new role as Assistant Director. Nowlin was commissioned and appointed Assistant Director in a ceremony on July 3 in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. The evening MORE
Marine Band Celebrates 216 Years of Providing Music July 09, 2014 — On July 11, 1798, President John Adams approved and signed an Act of Congress which reorganized the Marine Corps and allowed for drummers and fifers—the musicians of a newly-formed Marine Band: “The Fifth Congress of the United States at the Second Session, Begun and held at the city of Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, on Monday, the MORE
Summer Fare Features Jazz Tunes on the Capitol Steps July 09, 2014 — Summer Fare concerts continue this week with lively music by the Marine Jazz Combo with performances at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10, on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. The evening performances are free and no tickets are required.The concerts will feature a mixed bag of jazz from standards to smooth jazz to fusion and will MORE
Change of Command July 08, 2014 — On July 12, 2014, Colonel Michael J. Colburn will retire and pass the John Philip Sousa Baton and command of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band to Assistant Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig. Following his retirement, he will embark on a new adventure as the director of bands at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he will also MORE
U.S. Marine Band Supports Medal of Honor Events for Cpl. Kyle Carpenter June 30, 2014 — The United States Marine Band recently had the honor and privilege to support numerous events surrounding the Medal of Honor Ceremony for retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter. A Marine Brass Quintet performed honors for the ceremony at the White House on June 19 and a Marine Jazz Combo played music for attendees both before and after the ceremony.On MORE
Free Country at National Harbor June 30, 2014 — This Saturday, July 5 the Marine Band’s contemporary country music ensemble, Free Country, will perform in the plaza at National Harbor, as part of the National Harbor’s Military Summer Concert Series. The free concert will begin at 6 p.m. and include country classics, patriotic favorites, and original works which pay tribute to the men and women MORE
No Capitol Concerts, Parade This Week June 30, 2014 — Due to July 4th activities at the U.S. Capitol and in the National Capital Region, the Marine Band will suspend Summer Fare performances on July 2-3. The Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington will not take place on July 4.Summer Fare concerts by “The President’s Own” will resume at 8 p.m., July 9 and 10 at the U.S. Capitol with the MORE
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

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