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"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Marine Band Photo Gallery
John Philip Sousa first served in the Marine Band as an apprentice musician from ages 13-20. Following his enlistment, he worked as a conductor and composer in Philadelphia until 1880, when at the age of only 25 he was called back by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to serve as the United States
Marine Band’s 17th Director. During the next 12 years, Sousa embarked on a musical odyssey that simultaneously transformed “The President’s Own” from a local military band into a world-renowned musical organization and transformed himself
into a national celebrity and “The March King.” This concert traces Sousa’s career as Marine Band Director and highlights some of the music and events that shaped his famous tenure. Much of the music featured on this program came from Sousa’s pen during his years as Director, and all was performed with the band during his time on the podium of “The President’s Own.” The concert is free, and no tickets are required.
180101-M-HO616-001.JPG Photo By: Gunnery Sgt. Brian Rust

Jan 2, 2018
Fairfax, Va. - January 7, 2018, 2 pm, George Mason Center for the Arts: John Philip Sousa first served in the Marine Band as an apprentice musician from ages 13-20. Following his enlistment, he worked as a conductor and composer in Philadelphia until 1880, when at the age of only 25 he was called back by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to serve as the United States Marine Band’s 17th Director. During the next 12 years, Sousa embarked on a musical odyssey that simultaneously transformed “The President’s Own” from a local military band into a world-renowned musical organization and transformed himself into a national celebrity and “The March King.” This concert traces Sousa’s career as Marine Band Director and highlights some of the music and events that shaped his famous tenure. Much of the music featured on this program came from Sousa’s pen during his years as Director, and all was performed with the band during his time on the podium of “The President’s Own.” The concert is free, and no tickets are required.


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