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Free Country Kicks off Summer Concerts

By Gunnery Sgt. Brian Rust | United States Marine Band | May 30, 2017


The Marine Band’s summer concert season will kick off this week with the popular music ensemble, Free Country, performing at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 1, at Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument and at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 3, at Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va.


The ten-piece band features modern and classic commercial hits including songs from the 1960s to the present from the genres of pop, rock, R&B, and country by such recording artists as Lee Greenwood, John Michael Montgomery, Ed Sheeran, Van Halen, Jason Aldean, Marc Cohn, Tina Turner, Barry White, Frankie Ballard, Rob Thomas and Santana, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Free Country delivers shows that include humor and reflection while always paying tribute to the men and women in uniform through songs about the American experience.


“We’ve tried to include selections in these concerts that we hope will appeal to a wide audience; mostly classic favorites with a few newer songs thrown into the mix,” said guitarist Master Sgt. Alan Prather. “This time around we’ll be doing a Motown set, a classic by Tina and Ike Turner, as well as a few newer Top 40 and country songs.”

For concerts at Sylvan Theater, patrons may take the blue, orange, or silver lines to Smithsonian station. For the concert at Pentagon Row, take the blue or yellow lines to the Pentagon City station. The concerts are free but weather permitting, and programming is subject to change. Inclement weather announcements will be made by 6 p.m. for evening concerts on the band’s Concert Information Line at (202) 433-4011 and on the Marine Band’s website and social media pages.


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