Aug. 26, 2016 --
Summer Fare performances will conclude this year with the Marine Big Band performing jazz and big band favorites including Joe Garland’s “In the Mood,” made famous by Glenn Miller. The concerts will take place at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the U.S. Capitol; 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument; and 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at National Harbor Plaza Stage in Maryland. The concerts are free; no tickets are required.
Made up of members of “The President’s Own,” the Marine Big Band concerts will feature classic big band tunes as well as progressive and contemporary jazz. In addition to “In the Mood,” selections will include enduring standards such as Edgar Sampson’s “Stompin at the Savoy,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “The Nearness of You,” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Raincheck.” The program will also include the contemporary hit “Always and Forever” by Pat Matheny and a straight ahead funk tune “Act Your Age” by Grammy-award winning musician Gordon Goodwin.
“There’s a wide variety of styles on this concert with big band swing and some funk grooves,” group leader guitarist Master Sgt. Prather said. “I’m hoping the attendees will love hearing the recognizable tunes and the newer music too. We really enjoy playing the summer concerts and this program features a little something for everybody.”
Along with Prather, the Marine Big Band members include saxophonists Master Sgts. Steve Longoria and Miles Smith, Gunnery Sgts. David Jenkins, Gregory Ridlington and Steve Temme; trumpeters Master Sgt. Christopher Ferrari and Scott Gearhart, Gunnery Sgts. Brian Turnmire, and Amy McCabe; trombonists Gunnery Sgts. Ryan McGeorge and Timothy Dugan, and Staff Sgt. Christopher Reaves; bass trombonist Staff Sgt. Daniel Brady; double bassist Master Sgt. Glenn Dewey; percussionist Master Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Rose; and pianist Gunnery Sgt. AnnaMaria Mottola.
For the concert at the Capitol, patrons may take the red line to Union Station or the blue, orange, or silver lines to the Capitol South station. For the concert at the Sylvan Theater, take the blue, orange, or silver lines to the Smithsonian station. For information directions and parking information on National Harbor, visit www.nationalharbor.com/directions. The concerts are free but weather permitting and programming is subject to change. Inclement weather announcements will be made by 6 p.m. on the band’s Concert Information Line at (202) 433-4011 and on the Marine Band’s website and social media pages.