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Loyola and Tulane Band Departments Present The Presidents Own U.S. Marine Band

Loyola press release - September 4, 2015

America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band joins The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans this fall with a free concert open to the public.

The concert, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 in Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium, is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Tulane University Band Program and Loyola University New Orleans Band Department. Free tickets may be reserved (limit four per request) by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Marine Band Concert, c/o Tulane University Marching Band, 102 Dixon Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; non-ticket holders on standby will be admitted at that time.

Founded in 1798 by an act of Congress, the band’s primary mission is to provide music for the president and the commandant of the Marine Corps. The band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams.

This fall, the Marine Band will travel 3,920 miles throughout the South and Southwest, performing 29 concerts in 11 states, with stops in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

“We always try to highlight music on our programs that celebrates the region we are visiting, whether it be marches that provide a connection or folk music that might be associated with certain areas of the country,” said Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig. “We have tremendously appreciative patrons who come to Marine Band concerts for all types of different experiences, so our programs are designed to include a great variety of music that mirrors the wonderful diversity in our national musical heritage.”

Soloists on the tour include baritone vocalist Master Sgt. Kevin Bennear, principal euphonium Gunnery Sgt. Mark Jenkins, euphonium player Gunnery Sgt. Ryan McGeorge, co-principal clarinet Staff Sgt. Patrick Morgan and flutist Staff Sgt. Kara Santos.

Marine Band concert tours began in 1891 under the leadership of John Philip Sousa. The 1891 tour took “The President’s Own” to 32 cities and towns in New England and the Midwest. After Sousa left the Marine Band in 1892, “The President’s Own” made only five tours — 1901, 1907, 1911, 1912 and 1915 — before traveling yearly between 1920 and 1931.

The band suspended its tours during the Depression years of 1932-1934, but took to the road again in 1935 and continued until 1942. During World War II, the band played many additional performances in Washington, D.C., and at the White House to boost wartime morale. The Marine Band’s national concert tours resumed in 1946, and have continued every year since.

Loyola Visiting Professor Col. John Bourgeois H '05 served as the 25th director of The President’s Own Marine Band for 17 years. He has been with the Loyola College of Music faculty since 1996.

For more information visit www.tulaneband.org or call 504-314-BAND (2263).

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