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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
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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
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

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