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'The President's Own' - Performance by the United States Marine Band

  • 10/15/2012 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Farley Field House, Infield
  • Event Type: Concert

'The President's Own' - Performance by the United States Marine BandEstablished by an act of Congress in 1798 and dubbed "The President's Own" by Thomas Jefferson, the United States Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization.

The Band's 2012 U.S. tour will bring them to campus for a public concert on Monday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Farley Field House.

Advance tickets are no longer available. If patrons wish to check on ticket availability at the door, a wait list will be started at 6:45 p.m. at Farley Field House the evening of the concert. However, it is not guaranteed that additional tickets will be available.

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band provides music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

The organization made its White House debut in 1801 at the invitation of President John Adams. It then performed at Thomas Jefferson's inauguration the following March, and has performed for every presidential inaugural since.

Whether performing for South Lawn arrival ceremonies, State Dinners, or receptions, Marine Band musicians appear at the White House more than 200 times each year. These performances range from a solo harpist or chamber orchestra to a dance band or full concert band. Additionally, the band participates in more than 500 public and official performances annually.

Each fall, the Marine Band travels throughout a region of the United States during its concert tour, a century-old tradition initiated by "The March King" John Philip Sousa, the band's legendary 17th director.

Most Marine Band members are graduates of the nation's finest music schools, and nearly 60 percent hold advanced degrees in music. Members are selected at auditions much like those of major symphony orchestras, and they enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps for duty with the Marine Band only.

For more information call 207-725-3433 or email events@bowdoin.edu. Information on directions, parking, seating, and more can be found at Events: 'The President's Own'.