The U.S. Marine Band: An All-Star Orchestra Special is a unique collaboration between the U.S. Marine Band and the All-Star Orchestra!
Led by renowned conductor Gerald Schwarz, The U.S. Marine Band: An All-Star Orchestra Special offers an unforgettable musical and patriotic experience. Three 60-minute programs featuring the best and most beloved concert band masterpieces of our time, including works by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, William Schuman and of course, John Philip Sousa.
Program 101 Above and Beyond
The beloved folk melodies and lively dances of Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy” start off the program. A fascinating history of the 220-year-old U.S. Marine Band leads into Maestro Schwarz’ own “Above and Beyond” dedicated to the Marine Band. Next comes Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon’s thrilling “Fanfare Ritmico” and Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis” March, conducted by the Director of the U.S. Marine Band, Colonel Jason K. Fettig, bringing the first episode to a rousing conclusion!
Program 102 New England Spirit
Revolutionary War melodies provide the inspiration for William Schuman’s iconic “New England Triptych” including the moving meditation “When Jesus Wept” and the thrilling “Chester” as performed at several Presidential inaugurations. Next, Vincent Persichetti’s colorful “Masquerade” shows off the Band’s amazing virtuosity. The program concludes with Sousa’s immortal “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Program 103 Classic Band Masterpieces
The First Suite by Gustav Holst, famous composer of “The Planets” is an early masterpiece in the concert band repertoire, paired here with the first complete Symphony for Band by the great Paul Hindemith. The splendor of Chinese percussion in Bright Sheng’s “Shanghai Overture” brings the series to a spectacular finale!
The U.S. Marine Band History and Mission
The U.S. Marine Band is America’s oldest continually performing musical ensemble, founded by Congress in 1798 and dubbed “The President’s Own” by Thomas Jefferson. Their mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Marine Band musicians appear at the White House an average of 200 times each year, at State Dinners, South Lawn arrivals and events of national significance. They also perform in many different types of ceremonies and events throughout Washington, D.C., including Full Honors funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, Friday Evening Parades at Marine Barracks and an outdoor summer series on the National Mall. The Marine Band’s integral role in the national culture and in the government’s official life has affirmed the importance of the arts as a bridge between people.
The U.S. Marine Band tours nationwide this year from October 2 to November 1. All concerts are free to the general public. Ticket distribution methods vary by each city. Generally, tickets are released one month prior to each event. For complete ticket details for each city, visit The U.S. Marine Band ticket site.
The November 1, 2018 release offers a great broadcast tie-in with Veterans Day, November 11, which marks the 100th commemoration of the end of World War I. For more information on The U.S. Marine Band and their fall concert schedule, please see the “The U.S. Marine Band” link in the “Resources” section below.
APT Feed Information
The series will be fed by APT to public television stations on October 23 (early feed for record) for a November 1, 2018 release.
THE U.S. MARINE BAND: AN ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA SPECIAL (3/60) (TV-G, Stereo)
USMB 101 HD-Base Revision 001
USMB 102 HD-Base Revision 001
USMB 103 HD-Base Revision 001
To download image, click on image, right-click and select “Save Image As.”