Tickets for “The President’s Own United States Marine Band” became available on September 5. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. and ticket holders must be seated by 2:45 p.m.; at that time, remaining seats will be available to non-ticket holders.
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band to Perform at L-S Performing Arts Center
Concert is the first stop on 2017 National Tour
The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform at the Lampeter-Strasburg High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. The free concert is the first stop on the band’s ten-state National Tour.
The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually. The band has performed at every inauguration since 1801. Musicians appear an average of 200 times per year at the White House as well as at summer concerts on the National Mall and at events and ceremonies in and around Washington D.C.
The 2017 National Tour consists of 28 performances in 10 states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Delaware. Each fall, the Marine Band travels through an area of the country for its concert tour, a tradition started in 1891 by John Philip Sousa, the band’s legendary 17th director.
The 2017 National Tour features a “unique blend of popular and patriotic works along with virtuoso solos, orchestral transcriptions, and original music for concert band. Each program opens with fanfare and march and concludes with John Philip Sousa’s iconic 'The Stars and Stripes Forever,' followed by A Salute to the Armed Forces of the United States of America.”
The performance will be conducted by Colonel Jason K. Fettig, the 28th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Col. Fettig joined the Marine Band as a clarinetist in 1997 and has been Director since 2014. He is committed to music education and makes it a priority to maintain a significant presence in schools during the band’s national concert tours.
The Marine Band also features soloists and several Lancaster natives, including 2002 Lampeter-Strasburg graduate Gunnery Sergeant Steven Williams.
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