“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Marine Band Photo Gallery
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On March 9, 2016, a string quartet from "The President's Own" performed a Music in the High Schools presentation at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois/released)
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On March 9, 2016, a string quartet from "The President's Own" performed a Music in the High Schools presentation at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois/released)
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The Marine Chamber Orchestra performed the concert "Romantics," featuring the music of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms on Sunday, March 6, at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlesinger Concert Hall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released)
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The Marine Chamber Orchestra performed the concert "Romantics," featuring the music of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms on Sunday, March 6, at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlesinger Concert Hall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released)
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The Marine Chamber Orchestra performed the concert "Romantics," featuring the music of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms on Sunday, March 6, at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlesinger Concert Hall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released)
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The Marine Chamber Orchestra performed the concert "Romantics," featuring the music of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms on Sunday, March 6, at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlesinger Concert Hall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released)
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On March 2, 2016, "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band was joined by musicians from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band for the fifth anniversary observation of Operation Tomodachi at the Pentagon. Operation Tomodachi was the U.S. military's response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois/released)
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Following the concert on Feb. 28, 2016, the conductor and soloists met with guests in the lobby. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
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On Feb. 28, 2016, a Marine Saxophone Quartet performed William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Four Saxophones and Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
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On Feb. 28, 2016, the Marine Band performed John Mackey’s The Frozen Cathedral, William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso featuring a saxophone quartet, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
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On Feb. 28, a jazz ensemble performed prior to the Marine Band performance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
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POSTCARDS: Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Bowie, Md. In 1891, John Philip Sousa embarked on the U.S. Marine Band’s first national concert tour, launching a tradition of travel that has continued for the past 125 years. We invite you to hitch a ride with the band as we cross the Atlantic to tour the streets of Paris, immerse ourselves in the history of London and Scotland, and delight in the breathtaking fountains of Rome. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” plays us home, just as it did for Sousa when he first conceived its timeless strains on a return voyage from Europe 110 years ago. The concert is free, no tickets required. Free parking is available.
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ROMANTICS: Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. The musical and personal lives of Romantic composers Robert and Clara Schumann and their contemporary Johannes Brahms were inextricably intertwined. At their very first meeting, Robert invited the relatively unknown twenty-year-old Brahms to his piano and was so taken that he ran to get his wife, Clara, to hear what he described as “genius.” That night Clara took to her diary, writing, “Here is one who comes as if sent from God.” Thereafter, Robert served as Brahms’ mentor, dear friend, and unabashed supporter, even calling him “the next Beethoven.” Following Robert Schumann’s tragic suicide attempt and committal to an asylum several months later, Brahms vowed to stay with Clara until Robert’s recovery. In the intervening two and a half years until Robert’s death at age 46, Brahms realized he had found his “one great love” in Clara. The two never married, Brahms instead choosing to live by the motto “Frei Aber Einsam” [Lonely but Free]. Their unconsummated relationship continued for 40 years until Clara’s death in 1896. Stricken with grief, Brahms was physically unable to attend her funeral procession. After her burial, Brahms took ill and followed Clara to the grave less than 11 months later. The three composers’ mutual love and influence lives on in their music. The concert is free, no tickets are required. Free parking is available.
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MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM: Friday, March 18 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. EST, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. On March 7, 1941, the Marine Band performed at the dedication of the National Gallery of Art, and regular concerts took place there during World War II when the first director, David E. Finley, kept the Gallery open on Sunday nights to accommodate the armed forces personnel who were in Washington at the time. This performance highlights the connections between music and art as well as works from that important time in American history. Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto was penned for the 1941 British film Dangerous Moonlight and Copland’s masterpiece Appalachian Spring was composed just a few years later and premiered at the nearby Library of Congress. One of the three classic Botticelli paintings that inspired Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano presently hangs just a few feet away from where the Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform this special concert at the National Gallery. Concerts at the National Gallery are open to the public, free of charge. Audience is admitted on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand. For further information, call (202) 842-6941. The National Gallery of Art is located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C. For parking information, visit www.nga.gov or call (202) 842-6450.
CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. EST, John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Washington, DC. This all-Russian program will feature a brass ensemble, marimba duet, piano duet, and strings with clarinet on works by famous composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov, Soulima Stravinsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The concert is free and will take place at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex, located at 7th & K Streets, SE, Washington, D.C. Free parking is available under the overpass on 7th Street. The concert will also stream live at www.
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On Feb.  23, 2016, a brass quintet from "The President's Own" performed a Music in the High Schools program for more than 200 students at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Md. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois/released)
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On Feb.  23, 2016, a brass quintet from "The President's Own" performed a Music in the High Schools program for more than 200 students at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Md. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois/released)
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