MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS: Grades 2-5
Registration is now closed for MITS 2022.
In October the U.S. Marine Band offers "Music in the Schools" as a free music enrichment program to elementary schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia within 15 miles of Marine Barracks Washington. Designed for grades 2-5, these 45-minute programs introduce musical instruments and concepts in an interactive and engaging way. During the program, Marine Band musicians perform a wide range of music geared specifically toward elementary school students. Presentations feature instrument demonstrations, explanations about how instruments produce sound, instruction on musical terms, and a question and answer session.
In order to maintain an effective program, a maximum of 150 students is recommended and the presentation must be scheduled as part of the formal school day. Teachers/administrators must be present for the duration of the performance.
Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three performing ensembles are available in 2022:
Woodwind Quintet: The presentation includes an introduction to each instrument of the woodwind quintet as well as individual elements of music such as melody, harmony, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, and how those elements work together to create music. A wide variety of musical examples will be used to demonstrate these musical elements, including John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis," Gabriel Faure's "Pavane," Beethoven's "Symphony no. 5" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy."
Brass Quintet: The show is an energetic, educational and comical show that introduces five elements of music. Musicians of the Marine Band will introduce the concepts of melody, bass line, harmony, rhythm and dynamics through a variety of classical, jazz, popular music and a Sousa March! Kids will be encouraged to sing, clap and laugh along with the group.
String Quartet: Exploring the role of music at the White House! Who are the guests honored there? How are students connected to them? Students will find the answers to these questions and leave inspired to dream about their future energized with music by Mozart, Aretha Franklin, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
MUSIC IN THE High SCHOOLS: Grades 9-12
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will offer in-person performances for high schools in the immediate Washington, DC, area in the spring semester of 2023. Virtual clinics will also be available nationwide. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when sign-ups are open. This free resource is available on a first-come, first-served basis.