October 8, 2023
Performances & Events
“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band
October 24, 2023 | 7:30 pmHill Auditorium
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Free - Tickets Required
For the first time in five years, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band returns to the Midwest on tour, performing a free concert. Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig (who will become SMTD’s Director of Bands in January) has programmed musical selections in the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891. Concertgoers can expect a mix of works including traditional band repertoire, Sousa marches, contemporary compositions, vocal and instrumental solos and a patriotic salute to the Armed Forces.
The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Since Sousa was first granted permission to tour the country by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has delivered a White House experience from Washington, D.C., to the far-reaching corners of our nation, and these special concerts have been shared by generations of Americans.
This performance will be general admission by floor in Hill Auditorium.