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Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
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The Stars and Stripes Together: A Virtual Patriotic Play Along

By Gunnery Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali | United States Marine Band | May 13, 2020

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SUBMITTING A VIDEO FOR THE STARS AND STRIPES PROJECT
- Students through 12th grade are invited to submit a video of themselves performing “The Stars and Stripes Forever” which will be released in a collage video format on July 4. (Participation in the play along is not required to submit a video; depending on the volume of entries, not all videos may be featured, but as many as possible will be included.)
- For sheet music, follow steps above. Choose the part you normally play at school.
- June 1—Video submissions for “The Stars and Stripes Forever” due by midnight EDT
- July 4—“The Stars and Stripes Forever” collage video will be released by ABA and the U.S. Marine Band

You need TWO devices:
1) A Playback Device to listen to/play along with the Marine Band. Plug your headphones into this device.
2) A Recording Device to record your video and audio (phone, tablet, computer). Tip: The sound quality is better when using a USB mic or audio interface/mic combo. However, if this is not available, the device microphone is acceptable.

Tips for your recording:
- Place your device on a solid surface in landscape mode (wide shot).
- Ensure you are well-framed in the video, we can see you playing your instrument, and we can see your head.
- Ensure your lighting is good and music stand is out of the frame.
- Ensure you are in a quiet space with no background noise.
- Ensure the background is appropriate. This is a military/ Department of Defense collaboration and any videos with inappropriate material will not be included in the final project.

Recording Your Performance:
- Start recording on your recording device.
- Start the reference recording on your playback device.
- Follow the recording, starting after the four prep clicks.
- Play your part all the way through. (Feel free to do this as many times as you need until you’re satisfied!)
- Upload the video of your best performance at FULL resolution; link to upload your part: https://www.facebook.com/events/875169579669177/

Having Trouble uploading your video? Feel free to send your video via Dropbox link, Google Drive link, or through a service such as WeTransfer to smoore@miami.edu.
 

DISCLAIMER
- All submissions are anonymous. By submitting your recording, you are giving permission for your image and audio to be included unidentified in this presentation. Submission of a video does not guarantee inclusion in the final project.

SPECIAL THANKS
- Thank you to the American Bandmasters Association, John Philip Sousa Foundation, National Band Association, and state band directors associations throughout the U.S. who promoted this project.
- Special thanks to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, University of Miami Information Technology, and the American Bandmasters Association Foundation for funding this initiative.

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The American Bandmasters Association and the United States Marine Band invite you to perform virtually with the Marine Band! On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 1 p.m. (EDT) participate in a special Sousa event with Colonel Jason K. Fettig of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. With everyone joining online, Col.  Fettig will conduct a performance of John Philip Sousa’s marches “The Thunderer” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” This free event is open to anyone and will take place on youtube.com/usmarineband

After the online play along, students through 12th grade are invited to submit a video of themselves performing “The Stars and Stripes Forever” for a worldwide collage performance that will be assembled and debuted on July 4th! Details are below.
 

HOW TO JOIN THE PLAY ALONG
- Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. (EDT)—Rehearse and play along with Colonel Jason K. Fettig and the U.S. Marine Band (Event will last approximately 15 minutes)
- All ages and skill levels invited to participate in the play along!
- Download your part to “The Stars and Stripes Forever” https://www.marineband.marines.mil/Audio-Resources/The-Complete- Marches-of-John-Philip-Sousa/The-Stars-and-Stripes-Forever-March/
- Click on “DOWNLOAD FULL SCORE AND PARTS.”
- Scroll down to the part you wish to play, counting ALL pages including the title pages. Print your part. Be sure to select print for only the pages you need.
- Download your part to “The Thunderer” https://www.marineband.marines.mil/Audio-Resources/The-Complete- Marches-of-John-Philip-Sousa/The-Thunderer-March/
- Practice along with the Marine Band recordings:
Reference Recording (click track): The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Reference Recording (click track): The Thunderer

- On May 27 at 1 p.m. (EDT) join fellow musicians from around the world in performing with the United States Marine Band under the direction of the Marine Band Director.

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SHEET MUSIC ONLY:
The Thunderer
The Stars and Stripes Forever
 

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