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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Unit News
Homage to the Godfathers February 27, 2014 — This week the Marine Band will perform a concert paying tribute to four composers whose mastery of music continues to serve as an inspiration. “Homage to the Godfathers” will highlight music by Franz Joseph Haydn, widely considered the Godfather of Classical music; Ludwig van Beethoven, arguably the patriarch of the Romantic era; Nino Rota, the MORE
Minnesota Trombonist Wins 2014 Concerto Competition February 27, 2014 — Trombonist Isaac Johnson of Pine Island, Minn., won the Marine Band’s 2014 Concerto Competition with his performance of Henri Tomasi’s Waltz from Trombone Concerto during the competition final round on Saturday, Feb. 22 in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. As winner, Johnson received a $2,500 MORE
Themes and Variations February 21, 2014 — The month of February comes to a close with a concert by the Marine Band titled “Themes and Variations.”Conducted by Director Colonel Michael J. Colburn, the performance will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.While it is widely understood that variety is the spice of MORE
2014 Marine Band Concerto Competition Finals February 21, 2014 — “The President’s Own” is pleased to announce that the following six high school students will participate at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, in the final round of the Marine Band’s Concerto Competition:Trombonist Isaac Johnson from Pine Island, Minn.Euphonium player Joe Broom from McLean, Va.Bassoonist Alfred Yi from Woodway, Wash.Alto saxophonist Chad MORE
February Web Exclusives February 19, 2014 — February's Web Exclusives include March of the Month "The Mikado" by John Philip Sousa and the Featured Soloist is principal flute Master Gunnery Sgt. Betsy Hill and her performance of Concertino by Cécile Chaminade.A composer of operettas as well as marches, Sousa admired the librettist and composer team of W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. As MORE
Chamber Music Concert February 19, 2014 — Leave the frightful weather outside and come into the John Philip Sousa Band Hall this Sunday, Feb. 16, to be musically transported to warmer climes. Coordinated by flutist Staff Sergeant Kara Santos, the performance will feature a variety of chamber music selections from the musicians of "The President's Own" in small ensemble settings. For those MORE
Evocations February 12, 2014 — At 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, the Marine Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Assistant Director Captain Michelle A. Rakers, performed music to stir memory and imagination. With his touching and patriotic contribution to the war effort during World War II, Letter from Home, Aaron Copland evoked the strong emotions that are often experienced when a soldier MORE