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Holiday Concerts Dec. 18 & 19

14 Dec 2021 | Gunnery Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali United States Marine Band

Two different ensembles from "The President's Own" will present free holiday concerts on Dec. 18 & 19. The first concert, featuring a Marine Clarinet Choir, will perform an in-person concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at the recently opened Capital Turnaround in southeast Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from the Marine Barracks and across the street from the Washington Navy Yard. The concert, which is part of Capitol Riverfront's "Jingle Jam at Capital Turnaround," will feature a variety of holiday favorites for the whole family, arranged for the unique ensemble of an all-clarinet choir. The concert is free and open to the public and free tickets are available here. 

Capital Turnaround is located at 770 M Street, SE, Washington, D.C. Please note, masks are required in order to attend this event.

The second concert, coordinated by trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Eubank, will add to the holiday soundtrack with a livestream at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, featuring a Marine Brass and Percussion Ensemble performing seasonal favorites.

Eubank aimed to program a brass concert with serious repertoire coupled with recognizable holiday fare. The concert begins with George Frideric Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” followed by Anton Bruckner’s “Ave Maria,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Ich will nur Dir zu Ehren leben,” from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; and Stephen Bulla’s Bulla for Brass.

“Bulla’s collection of carols were performed a lot at the White House—with the jazzy waltz in Carol of the Bells, hints of Latin in Winter Wonderland, and upbeat Frosty, this set is a cocktail for everyone,” Eubank said.

The program continues with A Prelude and Fugue for Christmas by Simon Wills, Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song, and concludes with Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride.”

Eubank is confident that these excellent arrangements for brass and percussion will help focus on the meaning and purpose of this time of year, and he hopes the program will bring some joy and happiness to concert viewers. The concert will livestream at 2 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Dec. 19.