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The President's Own Marine Band will perform at Tulane's McAlister auditorium on Wednesday, October 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

Loyola press release - October 2, 2000

(New Orleans)óLoyola University New Orleans College of Music and Tulane University co-present The President's Own Marine Band under the direction of Col. Timothy W. Foley. Loyola alumnus Col. John R. Bourgeois (Ret.), former director of the band, will be a guest conductor. The concert is set for Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the Tulane University campus.

Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. The free tickets are available through Loyola's band department office at 865-3748.

Today's Marine Band is a far different organization from that of Sousa's time, yet it is one which he would recognize and of which he would approve. The changes have been developmental: of growth and improvement rather than fundamental changes in mission and orientation.

Handwritten messages delivered on horseback from the White House have been replaced with telephone and facsimile, and computers have replaced dusty ledgers. Conveniences of modern travel unknown in Sousa's day have taken the band on yearly concert tours for over 100 years, and on international tours to the Soviet Union, England, Norway, Ireland, and The Netherlands. The band's earliest experiments in cylinder phonograph recording have given way to the compact disc, preserving the band's essential product (music) in digital perfection.From the earliest days of our nation, music has been part of life in the White House and an element of international diplomacy. It has allowed us to celebrate, to mourn, to honor, and to remember. The music of the Marine Band has spoken eloquently about who Americans are as people. The band's integral role in our government's official life has affirmed the importance of the arts as a bridge between peoples.

Since 1798, the Marine Band's primary mission has remained to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. As the only musical organization with that mission, the Marine Band looks to the future, viewing its history and traditions as foundations on which to build into its third century of bringing music to the White House and to America.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or via email at wick@loyno.edu.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. The College of Music gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses. Loyola offers the only College of Music within the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Its reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world.