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Free Country Performs at Capitol and Glen Echo

By Gunnery Sgt. Brian Rust | United States Marine Band | July 24, 2017


The Marine Band’s popular music ensemble, Free Country, will offer a second set of performances for the summer concert season with concerts at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol and at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 27, in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Md.


The 10-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, Van Halen, Marc Cohn, Tina Turner, Barry White, Frankie Ballard, and Earth, Wind & Fire. The concerts will feature some new selections not performed by Free Country before, including Tower of Power’s “Soul With a Capital ‘S’”; “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News; “Who I Am With You” by country artist Chris Young; and Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.” 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 and vocalist Master Sgt. Alan Prather. Other members of the group include Master Gunnery Sgts. Christopher Rose on drums, Aaron Clay on bass, and Steve Longoria on saxophone; vocalist Master Sgt. Kevin Bennear; and Gunnery Sgts. AnnaMaria Mottola on piano, Brian Turnmire on guitar, Sara Sheffield on vocals, Brad Weil on trumpet, and Timothy Dugan on trombone.

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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