As part of its 2015 national concert tour, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Frenship High School Performing Arts Center. The concert, sponsored Frenship High School, is free and open to the public.
Patrons may request tickets (limit four per request) by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: ATTN: Marine Band Tickets, Frenship Band Boosters, PO Box 202, Wolfforth, TX 79382. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; non-ticket holders will be admitted at that time.
In the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse mix of programs¾from traditional band repertoire and Sousa marches to instrumental solos and a salute to the Armed Forces.
“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.”
By the end of the tour, the Marine Band will have traveled 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.
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.
*Photo By: MSgt Kristin duBois