“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band offers students, educators and music enthusiasts a wide variety of free, educational resources to help develop musicianship in band and orchestra musicians of all skill levels.
WATCH & ENGAGE:
Though the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the organization also performs public concerts each year. Concerts take place year-round in the Washington, D.C., area, and each October the band performs in a different region of the U.S. as part of its national tour. View the calendar for a list of upcoming performances.
In addition to attending one of these performances, school groups visiting Washington can observe a live rehearsal, or bring a Marine musician into their classroom for a clinic if the band is touring in your area.
If attending a concert in person is not an option, head to the Marine Band’s YouTube channel for livestreams and full concerts. A variety of content is regularly posted online, including educational videos, new recordings and historical insights about the organization.
Music in the Schools is great way to bring Marine musicians into your school. Small wind and string ensembles offer live performances and answer students’ questions in this interactive session. In 2020, this program has gone digital, packaged together with pre-recorded performances, lesson plans and virtual Q&A sessions with a musician.
Sousa’s March Mania is another extremely popular program which engages hundreds of music classrooms each year. In a bracket-style competition, 32 marches are pitted against one another as music fanatics place votes to ensure their favorite one advances to the final round to win the championship. Recordings and lesson plans are available.
LISTEN & PLAY:
Two additional musical resources worthy of exploring are the extensive collection of educational recordings produced by “The President’s Own” and The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa.
The Marine Band has dozens of annual albums which can be used for educational purposes. Peruse the collection to listen to the recordings, download a number of the tracks, and read more about the projects. Educators can request CDs to be sent to their school.
Scores, individual parts and recordings of more than 100 Sousa marches are available for download as a part of The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa.
Looking to add other genres to your repertoire or music library? Find a variety of sheet music here.
Lastly, the Concerto Competition for High School Musicians offers students the opportunity to earn a $2,500 scholarship and the opportunity to solo with “The President’s Own.” Musicians of band and string instruments are eligible on alternating years.