This week, the Marine Band returns to the U.S. Capitol for an outdoor concert, marking the first time in four years the band will return to its long-standing tradition of performing summer concerts on the Capitol’s west terrace. The week’s performances include two concerts of several jazz-influenced pieces at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at Sousa Band Hall and 8 p.m., Thursday, July 27 on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol, overlooking the National Mall and providing the perfect evening soundtrack to locals and tourists alike. Both concerts are free and no tickets are required. The July 26 concert at Sousa Band Hall will also stream live.
“I’m excited to return to the Capitol steps with my colleagues and make music in such an iconic venue!” said Assistant Director 1st Lt. Darren Lin, conductor for the concert. Lin’s programming for the concert features a little something for everyone, sure to appeal to all musical tastes.
“The genesis of this program really started with the ‘Louis Armstrong Tribute,’ with our terrific trumpet soloist Staff Sgt. Tyler Lindsay,” Lin said. “From there it just made too much sense to pair it with other jazz-influenced pieces, such as band classic Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli, as well as George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. I am excited to also share a ‘charming’ Sousa march and a relatively new, exciting fanfare for wind ensemble that the band has never performed before.”
Check out the complete program and notes here.
Schedule is subject to change. Inclement weather cancellations will be made by 6 p.m. the evening of the concert and posted on Marine Band social media and website.