United States Marine Band | Spotlight

From the White House, playing for free,
“The President’s Own” to perform at Cal State L.A. Oct. 23

Cal State L.A. to launch U.S. Marine Band’s SoCal leg of its 2009 national tour

Ticket Information
All tickets for the “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band Concert have been distributed. Ticket holders must arrive early on Friday, Oct. 23, and be seated by 7:15 p.m. Music fans without tickets will be admitted at 7:20 p.m. to fill any unclaimed seats. Call the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600.

United States Marine Band
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Picture of the United States Marine Band in 1864.

Picture of the United States Marine Band in 1892.

Picture of 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who composed The Stars and Stripes Forever.
John Philip Sousa

Picture of the United States Marine Band in 1911.

Picture of the John Philip Sousa Band Hall in Washington, D.C.
John Philip Sousa Band Hall

Picture of United States Marine Band.

Coming live to Cal State L.A. from the White House on Friday, Oct. 23, will be “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band—America’s oldest musical organization. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams.

Directed by Colonel Michael J. Colburn, the free Cal State L.A. concert—to be held 7:30 p.m. at the Luckman Theatre—will feature 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 of John Philip 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.

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.”

All advance tickets to this historic event have been distributed. However, music fans hoping to see the U.S. Marine Band at Cal State L.A. may have an opportunity for stand-by seating if they show up Friday, 0ct. 23. Ticket-holders must arrive early and be seated by 7:15 p.m. Interested individuals without tickets will be admitted at 7:20 p.m. to fill any unclaimed seats. For other dates and venues on band’s tour, visit this link: http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/NATIONAL_TOUR/

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

Listen here:

To listen to the United States Marine Band perform the “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” click on the player below. Hear – or download – more selections from the U.S. Marine Band’s audio-resources site:

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