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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
“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.
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Change of Command

By Gunnery Sgt. Amanda Simmons | July 08, 2014

On July 12, 2014, Colonel Michael J. Colburn will retire and pass the John Philip Sousa Baton and command of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band to Assistant Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig. Following his retirement, he will embark on a new adventure as the director of bands at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he will also MORE
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Marine Jazz Combo Summer Fare Features Jazz Tunes on the Capitol Steps

By Staff Sgt. Brian Rust | July 09, 2014

Summer Fare concerts continue this week with lively music by the Marine Jazz Combo with performances at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10, on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. The evening performances are free and no tickets are required. The concerts will feature a mixed bag of jazz from standards to smooth jazz to fusion and will MORE
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Marine Band Celebrates 216 Years of Providing Music

By Master Sgt. Kristin duBois | July 09, 2014

On July 11, 1798, President John Adams approved and signed an Act of Congress which reorganized the Marine Corps and allowed for drummers and fifers—the musicians of a newly-formed Marine Band: “The Fifth Congress of the United States at the Second Session, Begun and held at the city of Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, on Monday, the MORE
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Free Country Concert Free Country at National Harbor

By Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali | June 30, 2014

This Saturday, July 5 the Marine Band’s contemporary country music ensemble, Free Country, will perform in the plaza at National Harbor, as part of the National Harbor’s Military Summer Concert Series. The free concert will begin at 6 p.m. and include country classics, patriotic favorites, and original works which pay tribute to the men and women MORE
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U.S. Marine Band Supports Medal of Honor Events for Cpl. Kyle Carpenter

By Staff Sgt. Brian Rust | June 30, 2014

The United States Marine Band recently had the honor and privilege to support numerous events surrounding the Medal of Honor Ceremony for retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter. A Marine Brass Quintet performed honors for the ceremony at the White House on June 19 and a Marine Jazz Combo played music for attendees both before and after the MORE
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Drum Major Relief and Appointment

By Gunnery Sergeant Amanda Simmons | June 23, 2014

The Drum Major is one of the most visible members of the Marine Band. While he stands in front of the band, he wears a bearskin headpiece and carries a long wood and brass mace. The ornate sash worn across his chest, called a baldric, is embroidered with the Marine Band’s crest and the Marine Corps’ battle colors; it signifies his position as Drum MORE
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