“The President’s Own”

 

“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. EST, Sousa Band Hall, Washington, DC - High school students from around the nation were selected for the Marine Band Concerto Competition final round, which will be presented as a recital open to the public, with light refreshments following the performances. The winner will be invited to perform his or her solo in concert with the Marine Band on April 10 and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. EST, Sousa Band Hall, Washington, DC - Coordinated by Master Gunnery Sgt. Jay Niepoetter and Master Sgt. Michelle Urzynicok, this all-clarinet program will feature jazz, klezmer, and contemporary and classical works. The performance will begin with solo clarinet followed by clarinet duet, quartet, and quintet. The concert’s second half will include the entire Marine Band clarinet section performing works by Gioachino Rossini, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both concerts are free with no tickets required, and both will also stream live on the Marine Band website.
Feb. 13 & 14 Concerts
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. EST, Sousa Band Hall, Washington, DC - High school students from around the nation were selected for the Marine Band Concerto Competition final round, which will be presented as a recital open to the public, with light refreshments following the performances. The winner will be invited to perform his or her solo in concert with the Marine Band on April 10 and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. EST, Sousa Band Hall, Washington, DC - Coordinated by Master Gunnery Sgt. Jay Niepoetter and Master Sgt. Michelle Urzynicok, this all-clarinet program will feature jazz, klezmer, and contemporary and classical works. The performance will begin with solo clarinet followed by clarinet duet, quartet, and quintet. The concert’s second half will include the entire Marine Band clarinet section performing works by Gioachino Rossini, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both concerts are free with no tickets required, and both will also stream live on the Marine Band website.
On Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin led the Marine Band in a program titled "Childhood Dreams" at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. Tom Davoren, the composer of the selection "Ascension," was on hand to enjoy the standing ovation his music elicited from the audience. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois/released)
Childhood Dreams
On Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin led the Marine Band in a program titled "Childhood Dreams" at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. Tom Davoren, the composer of the selection "Ascension," was on hand to enjoy the standing ovation his music elicited from the audience. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois/released)
During the month of March, “The President’s Own” will again host “Sousa’s March Mania,” a free tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite. Every day from March 7 – April 6, marches will compete head to head while fans vote which ones advance in the tournament. A great resource for school curriculum,  participants can listen to and study the marches, as well as vote for their favorites. If you get a perfect bracket, please notify Marine Band Public Affairs on April 7 through social media or by email at marineband.publicaffairs@usmc.mil to be crowned an honorary “March King.” The competition begins March 7, so download your bracket now from the Marine Band website!
2016 Sousa's March Mania
During the month of March, “The President’s Own” will again host “Sousa’s March Mania,” a free tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite. Every day from March 7 – April 6, marches will compete head to head while fans vote which ones advance in the tournament. A great resource for school curriculum, participants can listen to and study the marches, as well as vote for their favorites. If you get a perfect bracket, please notify Marine Band Public Affairs on April 7 through social media or by email at marineband.publicaffairs@usmc.mil to be crowned an honorary “March King.” The competition begins March 7, so download your bracket now from the Marine Band website!
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)
BANDING TOGETHER: Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - All of the works on this creative concert program tell the tale of partnerships; those that are told by the music itself and those that bring it to life on the concert stage. Included are two world premières: internationally lauded conductor and composer Gerard Schwarz’s new transcription of his tone poem Rudolf and Jeanette and a substantial new transcription for band of Percy Grainger’s imaginary ballet The Warriors.

CHARACTER PIECES: Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - Music has the remarkable ability to portray the character of someone or something. This quality is exemplified in the cornerstone of this program, Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite depicting the astrological character of the planets.

Both concerts are free with no tickets required.
Feb. 21 & 28 Concerts
BANDING TOGETHER: Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - All of the works on this creative concert program tell the tale of partnerships; those that are told by the music itself and those that bring it to life on the concert stage. Included are two world premières: internationally lauded conductor and composer Gerard Schwarz’s new transcription of his tone poem Rudolf and Jeanette and a substantial new transcription for band of Percy Grainger’s imaginary ballet The Warriors. CHARACTER PIECES: Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - Music has the remarkable ability to portray the character of someone or something. This quality is exemplified in the cornerstone of this program, Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite depicting the astrological character of the planets. Both concerts are free with no tickets required.
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
Chamber Music Series Concert Features All-Clarinet Program

By | February 09, 2016

With 25 members, the clarinet section is the Marine Band’s largest section and has an impressive depth of talent and experience. At 2 p.m. on Feb. 14, the entire section will be showcased for a Chamber Music program in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. MORE
2016 Concerto Competition for High School Students

By | February 09, 2016

“The President’s Own” is pleased to announce that the following seven high school students will participate at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the final round of the Marine Band’s Concerto Competition: Horn: James Bryant of Phenix City, AL Oboe: Olivia Johann of Centreville, VA Flute: Alejandro Lombo of Miramar, FL Flute: Mei Stone of Waco, TX Percussion: Jackson Riffle of Pleasant Hill, OH Trombone: Ethan Shrier of Potomac, MD Trumpet: Joshua Weckerly of Hatfield, PA MORE
Orchestra Performs Legendary Works by Haydn and Mozart

By | February 02, 2016

The Marine Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Assistant Director Maj. Michelle A. Rakers, will perform two legendary works by composers Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, at Northern Virginia Community College’s Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available in the adjacent garage. MORE
Dreams and Lullabies

By | January 26, 2016

“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band returns to the Schlesinger Concert Hall with a concert that will tug at the heartstrings of the young at heart. Conducted by Assistant Director 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin, the program, “Childhood Dreams,” was inspired by David Maslanka’s A Child’s Garden of Dreams; John Williams’ “Flight to Neverland” from Hook; and Percy Grainger’s Children’s March, “Over the Hills and Far Away.” MORE
2016 Chamber Music Series Begins

By | January 15, 2016

**UPDATE JAN. 21, 2016: This concert has been canceled due to impending inclement weather.** “The President’s Own” 2016 Chamber Music Series begins at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 24, with a concert featuring euphonium and tubas, strings, and other brass throughout. Coordinated by trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sgt. James McClarty, the performance will take place in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. MORE
Orchestral Titans

By | January 11, 2016

The Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform its firstconcert of the 2016 season at 2 p.m., Sunday, MORE
100 Years of Marine Band Logs

By | January 11, 2016

Thisyear marks the 100 year anniversary of the Marine Band Logbook, a collection ofdaily diaries MORE
Sousa Season Opener

By | January 05, 2016

“ThePresident’s Own” returns to George Mason University’s Center for the ArtsConcert Hall for the MORE
Elements: New Marine Band Recording Released

By | November 17, 2015

Greek philosopher Plato is credited with saying, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the MORE
Celebrating 75 Years of Music at the Phillips Collection

By | November 02, 2015

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Phillips Music series and the 70th anniversary of the end of MORE
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