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During the month of March, “The President’s Own” will again host “Sousa’s March Mania,” a free tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite. Every day from March 7 – April 6, marches will compete head to head while fans vote which ones advance in the tournament. A great resource for school curriculum, participants can listen to and study the marches, as well as vote for their favorites. If you get a perfect bracket, please notify Marine Band Public Affairs on April 7 through social media or by email at marineband.publicaffairs@usmc.mil to be crowned an honorary “March King.” The competition begins March 7, so download your bracket now from the Marine Band website! - During the month of March, “The President’s Own” will again host “Sousa’s March Mania,” a free tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite. Every day from March 7 – April 6, marches will compete head to head while fans vote which ones advance in the tournament. A great resource for school curriculum, participants can listen to and study the marches, as well as vote for their favorites. If you get a perfect bracket, please notify Marine Band Public Affairs on April 7 through social media or by email at marineband.publicaffairs@usmc.mil to be crowned an honorary “March King.” The competition begins March 7, so download your bracket now from the Marine Band website!

BANDING TOGETHER: Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - All of the works on this creative concert program tell the tale of partnerships; those that are told by the music itself and those that bring it to life on the concert stage. Included are two world premières: internationally lauded conductor and composer Gerard Schwarz’s new transcription of his tone poem Rudolf and Jeanette and a substantial new transcription for band of Percy Grainger’s imaginary ballet The Warriors.CHARACTER PIECES: Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - Music has the remarkable ability to portray the character of someone or something. This quality is exemplified in the cornerstone of this program, Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite depicting the astrological character of the planets.Both concerts are free with no tickets required. - BANDING TOGETHER: Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - All of the works on this creative concert program tell the tale of partnerships; those that are told by the music itself and those that bring it to life on the concert stage. Included are two world premières: internationally lauded conductor and composer Gerard Schwarz’s new transcription of his tone poem Rudolf and Jeanette and a substantial new transcription for band of Percy Grainger’s imaginary ballet The Warriors. CHARACTER PIECES: Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. EST, NOVA, Alexandria, Va. - Music has the remarkable ability to portray the character of someone or something. This quality is exemplified in the cornerstone of this program, Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite depicting the astrological character of the planets. Both concerts are free with no tickets required.

On Feb. 13, 2016, flute player Mei Stone of Waco, Texas, won the Marine Band Concerto Competition and received a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Runner up was French horn player Camron Bryant of Phenix City, Ala. Mei is a senior at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and will return on April 10 to perform the Chaminade Concertino for Flute with the Marine Band. - On Feb. 13, 2016, flute player Mei Stone of Waco, Texas, won the Marine Band Concerto Competition and received a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Runner up was French horn player Camron Bryant of Phenix City, Ala. Mei is a senior at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and will return on April 10 to perform the Chaminade Concertino for Flute with the Marine Band.