MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS: Grades 2-5
MITS registration for 2023 is now closed.
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 (8th & I Streets SE, Washington, DC, 20390). 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 2023:
Reed Quintet: This energetic and educational show introduces the elements of music. The Marine Band Reed Quintet (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon) will encourage the students to sing, clap, and laugh along with the group.
String Duo: Students will meet members of the Marine Chamber Orchestra to learn about the string family of instruments, discover how musical voices can create a conversation, and explore the types of music they might hear if they were to be a guest at the White House.
Brass Quintet: Music can tell stories! Join the Marine Brass Quintet to meet the instruments of the brass family as they bring to life a modern-day fairy tale. Students will be engaged with fun musical facts and encouraged to interact with the performers.