“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. (EST), Sousa Band Hall, Washington, D.C. Coordinated by pianist Gunnery Sgt. AnnaMaria Mottola, this Latin jazz infused concert will feature music by such artists as Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, Oscar Hernandez, Consuelo Velazquez, Heraclio Fernandez, Wayne Wallace, Michel Camilo, Airto Moreira, and Nova & Jory.

STRING ENSEMBLES: Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. (EST), Sousa Band Hall, Washington, D.C. Coordinated by violist Gunnery Sgt. Tam Tran, the all-strings program will feature multiple ensembles, from solo violin to string quintet and sextet. Selections include Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Opus 4, Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice No. 1 in E, Opus 1, and Robert Schumann’s Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Strings, Opus 44.

Both concerts are free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available. Both concerts will stream live on the Marine Band website.
Chamber Music Series: String Ensmbles
LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. (EST), Sousa Band Hall, Washington, D.C. Coordinated by pianist Gunnery Sgt. AnnaMaria Mottola, this Latin jazz infused concert will feature music by such artists as Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, Oscar Hernandez, Consuelo Velazquez, Heraclio Fernandez, Wayne Wallace, Michel Camilo, Airto Moreira, and Nova & Jory. STRING ENSEMBLES: Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. (EST), Sousa Band Hall, Washington, D.C. Coordinated by violist Gunnery Sgt. Tam Tran, the all-strings program will feature multiple ensembles, from solo violin to string quintet and sextet. Selections include Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Opus 4, Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice No. 1 in E, Opus 1, and Robert Schumann’s Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Strings, Opus 44. Both concerts are free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available. Both concerts will stream live on the Marine Band website.
On May 8, 2016, the Marine Latin Jazz Ensemble presented a concert in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barrack Annex in Washington, D.C. The program featured salsa, Afro-Cuban, Venezuelan music, Mambo, cha-cha, and a few modern arrangements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
Latin Jazz Concert
On May 8, 2016, the Marine Latin Jazz Ensemble presented a concert in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barrack Annex in Washington, D.C. The program featured salsa, Afro-Cuban, Venezuelan music, Mambo, cha-cha, and a few modern arrangements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
The Marine Band performed the Young People's Concert: Meet the Band, which included an instrument petting zoo, on Sunday, April 24, at Northern Virginia Community College's Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va. (USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released).
Young People's Concert: Meet the Band
The Marine Band performed the Young People's Concert: Meet the Band, which included an instrument petting zoo, on Sunday, April 24, at Northern Virginia Community College's Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va. (USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released).
On April 1, 2016, the Marine Chamber Orchestra performed a concert titled "Musical Fashion of Great Britain" at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The program featured music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir William Walton, and Jean Sibelius. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released.)
Musical Fashion of Great Britain
On April 1, 2016, the Marine Chamber Orchestra performed a concert titled "Musical Fashion of Great Britain" at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The program featured music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir William Walton, and Jean Sibelius. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released.)
Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. (EST), NOVA, Alexandria, Va. The Marine Chamber Orchestra will kick off its 2016 Summer Series with four works for strings, including Lucas Drew’s arrangement of Giuseppe Verdi’s Symphony for Strings in E minor; Stacy Garrop’s Inner Demons; and George Whitefield Chadwick’s Serenade in F for String Orchestra. The program will also feature clarinetist Staff Sgt. Rachel Siegel performing a recorder solo on Antonio Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto in C minor, Opus 44, No. 19, RV 441. Please note: There will be no pre-concert ensemble performance prior to this concert. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available.
Marine Chamber Orchestra: Summer Series
Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. (EST), NOVA, Alexandria, Va. The Marine Chamber Orchestra will kick off its 2016 Summer Series with four works for strings, including Lucas Drew’s arrangement of Giuseppe Verdi’s Symphony for Strings in E minor; Stacy Garrop’s Inner Demons; and George Whitefield Chadwick’s Serenade in F for String Orchestra. The program will also feature clarinetist Staff Sgt. Rachel Siegel performing a recorder solo on Antonio Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto in C minor, Opus 44, No. 19, RV 441. Please note: There will be no pre-concert ensemble performance prior to this concert. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available.
On March 25, 2016, the Marine Band performed a concert titled "Postcards" at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Maryland. The program featured music from France, Italy, England, Scotland, and the United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released.)
Postcards
On March 25, 2016, the Marine Band performed a concert titled "Postcards" at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Maryland. The program featured music from France, Italy, England, Scotland, and the United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released.)
On March 18, 2016, the Marine Chamber Orchestra performed a concert conducted by Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The program was a part of the gallery's four-day 75th anniversary commemoration and featured Ottorino Respighi's Trittico botticelliano, Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
Music at the Museum
On March 18, 2016, the Marine Chamber Orchestra performed a concert conducted by Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The program was a part of the gallery's four-day 75th anniversary commemoration and featured Ottorino Respighi's Trittico botticelliano, Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
On March 14, 2016, the Marine Band performed a concert titled "Double Feature: Music of Adventure, Danger and Drama on the Silver Screen" at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md. The program included music from the films Out of Africa, Lincoln, The Sea Hawk, and Star Wars: The Force Awakes. Complete program: http://www.marineband.marines.mil/Portals/175/Docs/Programs/160314.pdf (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
Double Feature: Music of Adventure, Danger and Drama on the Silver Screen
On March 14, 2016, the Marine Band performed a concert titled "Double Feature: Music of Adventure, Danger and Drama on the Silver Screen" at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md. The program included music from the films Out of Africa, Lincoln, The Sea Hawk, and Star Wars: The Force Awakes. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
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)
Operation Tomodachi
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)
On Feb. 13, 2016, flute player Mei Stone of Waco, Texas, won the Marine Band Concerto Competition and received a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Runner up was French horn player Camron Bryant of Phenix City, Ala. Mei is a senior at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and will return on April 10 to perform the Chaminade Concertino for Flute with the Marine Band.
Marine Band Concerto Competition
On Feb. 13, 2016, flute player Mei Stone of Waco, Texas, won the Marine Band Concerto Competition and received a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Runner up was French horn player Camron Bryant of Phenix City, Ala. Mei is a senior at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and will return on April 10 to perform the Chaminade Concertino for Flute with the Marine Band.
On Jan. 10, 2016, the U.S. Marine Band performed its annual Sousa Season Opener at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
Sousa Season Opener
On Jan. 10, 2016, the U.S. Marine Band performed its annual Sousa Season Opener at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
The U.S. Marine Band performs the annual New Year’s Day serenade at Home of the Commandants, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Jan. 1, 2016. The serenade is a tradition that has been kept since the days of the Civil War. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Chi Nguyen/Released)
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The U.S. Marine Band performs the annual New Year’s Day serenade at Home of the Commandants, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Jan. 1, 2016. The serenade is a tradition that has been kept since the days of the Civil War. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Chi Nguyen/Released)
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band and the Danish military band Slesvigske Musikkorps presented a joint holiday concert on Dec.15, 2015, in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. The program was conducted by Maj. Michelle A Rakers and Dr. Peter Ettrup Larsen. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
Joint Concert with the Marine Band and Slesvigske Musikkorps
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band and the Danish military band Slesvigske Musikkorps presented a joint holiday concert on Dec.15, 2015, in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. The program was conducted by Maj. Michelle A Rakers and Dr. Peter Ettrup Larsen. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Amanda Simmons/released)
On Sept. 19, 2015, the Marine Band performed at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., as part of its National Tour. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
U.S. Marine Band on Tour in Hickory, NC
On Sept. 19, 2015, the Marine Band performed at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., as part of its National Tour. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
Mission
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.
Marine Band News
2016 Chamber Music Series Concludes with the Music of Paganini and Schumann

By | May 16, 2016

The Spring 2016 Chamber Music Series will conclude with an all-string performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 22 at the John Philip Sousa Band Hall in southeast Washington, D.C. Viola player Gunnery Sgt. Tam Tran, who coordinated and programmed the concert, was inspired by the inevitable influence composers have on each other. “I didn’t have the intention to program music that would be closely connected, but the 12-tone serialism of Arnold Schoenberg influenced several of Arvo Pärt’s compositions,” he explained. “The performing pyrotechnics of Niccolò Paganini inspired so many musicians and composers, including Robert Schumann. I also couldn’t help but wonder: are the arpeggios that begin Paganini’s Caprice No. 1 musical material that may have inspired the beginning of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for violin and piano?” MORE
Marine Jazz Combo Invited to Perform at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in Alaska

By | May 12, 2016

The Marine Jazz Combo will make its third appearance in 10 years on May 15-18 at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival (JJ&C) in Alaska. The annual festival, which began in 1987, seeks to provide a variety of rich musical experiences and instructional seminars at different venues in Juneau and remote towns in southeast Alaska. It’s designed to inspire, enrich and educate music lovers of all ages and economic backgrounds with a diversity of styles within jazz, classical and blues genres. MORE
Picture Studies

By | May 12, 2016

The Marine Band will present a program titled “Picture Studies” at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria. Conducted by Lieutenant Col. Jason K. Fettig, this concert explores how images and imagination are turned into music, with inspiration taken from ancient ballads, painting, sculpture, poetry, photographs, and film. The concert is free and tickets are not required. MORE
Marine Band Assistant Director to Guest Conduct at the University of New Hampshire

By | May 04, 2016

On the heels of a successful Young People’s Concert, Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin once again returns to his music education roots as the guest clinician and composer for the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Wind Band Invitational on May 4, 2016. Dr. Andrew Boysen, the UNH conducting professor and director of the Wind Symphony initiated this non-competitive event where seven high school bands will receive a 45-minute clinic from Boysen and a 40-minute clinic from Nowlin. “All the bands will be performing my music,” Nowlin explained. “Dr. Boysen builds the invitational around composers, so the visiting high school bands will each be playing something of mine.” The idea is that working with an actual composer on his own music will strengthen the experience for the students. MORE
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