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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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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
Blast Off at Wolf Trap May 20, 2014 — This Memorial Day weekend, enjoy a thrilling fireworks display and an entertaining evening of fun and patriotic music by the Marine Band at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 25 at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts’ Filene Center in Vienna, Va. The concert is free and no tickets are required.The concert will include marches by John Philip Sousa, MORE
My End is My Beginning May 12, 2014 — This Sunday at 2 p.m., the Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert titled “My End is My Beginning,” conducted by James Ross, director of orchestral activity at the University of Maryland and associate director of the conducting program at The Juilliard School in New York. The program will take place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall MORE
May Audio Includes Violin Concerto and Norwegian March May 06, 2014 — The Featured Soloist audio download for the month of May features violinist Staff Sgt. Karen Johnson performing Henryk Wieniawski’s fiendishly difficult Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor. The piece was often performed by frequent Sousa Band violin soloist Margel Gluck, an American violinist who had achieved great international renown, especially in MORE
May 1 and 4 Chamber Music Series Performances April 29, 2014 — The 2014 Spring Chamber Music Series will start coming to a close with a special performance at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 1. Coordinated and programmed by violin player Staff Sgt. Karen Johnson, the concert will feature the string players of “The President’s Own” performing pillars of their repertoire in MORE
Marine Band Celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday April 24, 2014 — At 2 p.m., Sunday, April 27, the Marine Band will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the most remarkable storyteller in history, William Shakespeare, with music from his time and selections inspired by his works. Conducted by Capt. Michelle A. Rakers, the performance will take place at Northern Virginia Community College’s Rachel M. Schlesinger MORE
Marine Band Opens Musical Time Capsule from 1944 April 17, 2014 — At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, the Marine Band will open a musical time capsule with a concert highlighting the year 1944. Conducted by Maj. Jason K. Fettig, the performance will take place at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Bowie, Md. The concert is free and no tickets are required; free parking is available. The year 2014 marks the MORE
Norwegians Take Down the "Stars and Stripes" April 11, 2014 — Throughout March and April, “The President’s Own” hosted “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. Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen’s “Entry March of the Boyares” destroyed every march in its path, ultimately winning the tournament.On MORE
Chamber Music Concert with Jazz Trombone April 11, 2014 — The April installment of the Marine Band’s Chamber Music Series, which will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 13 in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall of the Marine Barracks Annex, features an eclectic array of selections for winds. Coordinated by trombone player and section leader Master Sgt. Chris Clark, the program commences with Johann Sebastian MORE

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