News Release| CSULA; DNA Forum 2009


Note to editors and news directors:


To arrange interviews prior to the event with U.S. Marine Band members
Richard Dickerson, Tessa Gross and John Mula, or to request a media pass
to the concert, contact the CSULA Public Affairs in advance at (323)
by email (see above).


To request advance photos or for access to take film or photograph the
concert, contact the Marine Band Public Affairs in advance at (202)
433-5809 or



U.S. Marine Band’s first duty in SoCal:

free concert at Cal State L.A., Oct. 23

 ‘The President’s Own’ at Luckman Theatre to play

Handel, DeLuca, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and, of course, 3 by Sousa

Los Angeles, CA

— The

United States Marine
traditionally as “The President’s Own”—will launch the Los Angeles leg
of its 2009 national tour with a free public concert Friday, Oct. 23,
at 7:30 p.m., in the Luckman Theatre at California State
University, Los Angeles.

A limit of four tickets
are available per request. For details or to reserve tickets, call (323)
343-6600, go to
, or visit the
Luckman Box Office at Cal State L.A. Seating is on a first-come,
first-served basis. Ticket holders must arrive early and be seated by
7:15 p.m.; at 7:15, “standby” non-ticket
holders will be admitted as space allows.

The band’s legendary
17th director, John Philip Sousa, initiated the concert tour tradition
in 1891. The band, now directed by Colonel Michael J. Colburn, will
offer traditional band repertoire, solos, opera and marches. For the Cal
State L.A. concert, the selections will include a suite from Sergei
Prokofief’s Romeo and Juliet, Joseph De Luca’s “Beautiful
Colorado” (with a euphonium solo), a baritone rendering of George
Frideric Handel’s “Arm, Arm, Ye Brave” from Judas Maccabeaus, and
three Sousa compositions—including the national march of the United
States, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” There will also be a salute to the
U.S. Armed Forces.

The concert is
cosponsored by Cal State L.A. and its Department of Music.

The Marine Band is
America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.
Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president except
George Washington.  Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of
Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s primary mission is to provide music
for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine
Corps. Performing for South Lawn arrival ceremonies, State Dinners,
dances, solo concerts and other events, the band’s members perform more
than 300 times a year at the White House. 

According to First Lady
Michelle Obama, “The Marine Band has been just a tremendous resource for
us. They have such great range. They can play everything from jazz to
country, and they’ve made every event at the White House a special one.”

Several of the band’s
roughly 60 members hail from California, including oboe/English-horn
player Tessa Gross of Santa Monica, cornet/trumpet player Jeffrey Strong
of Fresno, euphonium players Matthew Summers of Palo Alto and Ryan
McGeorge of San Diego, stage manager Richard Dickerson of Woodland
Hills, and stage crewman Louis Hill of Los Angeles. (Clarinetist John
Mula of Illinois is a graduate of San Diego State University.) For a
list of band members, go to

By early November, the

will have performed a total of 29 concerts in 31 days on its 2009 tour.
This year’s tour route takes the band through Washington, Oregon,
California, Arizona, and southern Nevada. After Cal State L.A., its
Southland stops include Pasadena (Oct. 24), Oxnard (Oct. 25), UCLA (Oct.
26), San Diego (Oct. 28) and Imperial (Oct. 29).  For a complete tour
schedule and other details, visit

directions to the CSULA campus, go to
Concert parking will be free at Lots 5 and 7 or the upper level of
Parking Structure C. For the Luckman Fine Arts Complex web site, go to

President’s Own” United States Marine Band
will perform at the Luckman
Theatre on the Cal State L.A. campus, as part of its 2009 national
concert tour.

tickets are available (at a maximum of 4 tickets per request). Seating is
on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must arrive early
and be seated by 7:15 p.m.; at that time, “standby” non-ticket holders
will be admitted as space allows.


               Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Luckman Theatre, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is near
the junction of the 10 and 710 freeways.

and directions:


Free to the public. For tickets, visit or call the Luckman Box Office at
(323) 343-6600

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