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 Los Angeles leg of its 2009 national tour

Ticket Information
Advance 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. 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 United States Marine Band in 2007.

Picture of United States Marine Band.

Coming live to Cal State L.A. from the White House on Friday, Oct. 23, will be the “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.”

To attend this historic event, as the U.S. Marine Band makes Cal State L.A. its first stop in Southern California, reserve tickets (at a limit of four per request) by calling (323) 343-6600, going to www.luckmanarts.org, or visiting the Luckman Box Office at Cal State L.A.

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

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Background music: "The Stars and Stripes Forever," by John Philip Sousa