As part of its 2014 national concert tour, the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” will present a free concert at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre and is sponsored by the WVU College of Creative Arts, the WVU School of Music, and the WVU Bands.

Based in Washington, D.C., the band is directed by Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig, Assistant director is 1st Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin.

The Sept. 2 program will include: “Jubilee” by Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956); “Carnival Overture, Opus 92” by Anton�n Dvoř�k (1841-1904); “Fantastic Polka” by Arthur Pryor (1870-1942), featuring trombone soloist Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Barlow; “Symphonic Songs for Band” by Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981); and “Semper Fidelis” by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932).

Following intermission, the band will perform “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager (b. 1939); “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943); “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainer (1882-1961); “Il Bacio” by Luigi Arditi (1822-1903), featuring mezzo-soprano Gunnery Sgt. Sara Dell-Omo; “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa; and “A Salute to the Armed Forces of the United States of America,” arranged by former U.S. Marine Band member Thomas Knox (1937-2004).

All seating is general admission. For free tickets (limit four per request), call the WVU Band Office at 304-293-3097 or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

ATTN: Marine Band Concert
WVU Band Office
P.O. Box 6111
Morgantown, WV 26506-6111

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and tickets holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m. After that, tickets are null and void and seats will be available to non-ticket holders at 7:15 p.m. For security purposes, items larger than a purse will not be permitted into the hall.

Due to ongoing construction in the front parking areas of the CAC, patrons should arrive early to secure parking in the lots surrounding the CAC or across the street at the Coliseum.

The mission of the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band 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.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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