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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!

MUSICAL FASHION OF GREAT BRITAIN: Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. (EDT), National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. Few would argue the musical sway Jean Sibelius held over Nordic composers, but he also significantly impacted the work of many British composers, including Sir William Walton and Ralph Vaughan Williams. So it became the musical fashion of Great Britain to emulate the great Finnish composer. This concert will highlight works by all three composers, including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves; Walton’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, featuring soloist Staff Sgt. Sarah Hart (pictured above); and Sibelius’ Valse triste, Opus 44, No. 1 and Symphony No. 7 in C, Opus 105. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available. - MUSICAL FASHION OF GREAT BRITAIN: Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. (EDT), National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. Few would argue the musical sway Jean Sibelius held over Nordic composers, but he also significantly impacted the work of many British composers, including Sir William Walton and Ralph Vaughan Williams. So it became the musical fashion of Great Britain to emulate the great Finnish composer. This concert will highlight works by all three composers, including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves; Walton’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, featuring soloist Staff Sgt. Sarah Hart (pictured above); and Sibelius’ Valse triste, Opus 44, No. 1 and Symphony No. 7 in C, Opus 105. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Free parking is available.

POSTCARDS: Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Bowie, Md. In 1891, John Philip Sousa embarked on the U.S. Marine Band’s first national concert tour, launching a tradition of travel that has continued for the past 125 years. We invite you to hitch a ride with the band as we cross the Atlantic to tour the streets of Paris, immerse ourselves in the history of London and Scotland, and delight in the breathtaking fountains of Rome. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” plays us home, just as it did for Sousa when he first conceived its timeless strains on a return voyage from Europe 110 years ago. The concert is free, no tickets required. Free parking is available. - POSTCARDS: Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Bowie, Md. In 1891, John Philip Sousa embarked on the U.S. Marine Band’s first national concert tour, launching a tradition of travel that has continued for the past 125 years. We invite you to hitch a ride with the band as we cross the Atlantic to tour the streets of Paris, immerse ourselves in the history of London and Scotland, and delight in the breathtaking fountains of Rome. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” plays us home, just as it did for Sousa when he first conceived its timeless strains on a return voyage from Europe 110 years ago. The concert is free, no tickets required. Free parking is available.