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Pres­i­dent’s Own Marine Band com­ing to Porter­ville

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The Pres­i­dent’s Own U.S. Marine Band is com­ing back to Porter­ville.

It’s been a while but the band will be com­ing back to Porter­ville as part of its 2019 U.S. Tour to the West Coast from Oc­to­ber 2-31. The band will per­form in­side the Buck Shaf­fer The­ater at the Porter­ville Memo­rial Au­di­to­rium from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oc­to­ber 19.

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 pri­mary mis­sion is to pro­vide mu­sic for the Pres­i­dent of the United States and the Com­man­dant of the Marine Corps.

In the style of the band’s 17th Di­rec­tor John Philip Sousa, who ini­ti­ated the con­cert tour tra­di­tion in 1891, Marine Band Di­rec­tor Col. Ja­son K. Fet­tig has cho­sen a di­verse mix of pro­grams, from tra­di­tional band reper­toire and marches to in­stru­men­tal so­los. Wind band stan­dards, or­ches­tral tran­scrip­tions and marches of Sousa will be fea­tured.

The con­cert is spon­sored by the Porter­ville Pan­ther Band. The con­cert is free but tick­ets are re­quired. Tick­ets are limited to 4 per re­quest.

Tick­ets will be­come avail­able on the band’s web­site at www.marineband.marines.mil. Those who have questions about tick­ets can also call 202433-5809.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Pres­i­dent’s Own U.S. Marine Band will per­form in Porter­ville on Oc­to­ber 19.

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