"The President's Own" United States Marine Band is excited to kick off its 2021 concert season! Performances will take place as a Virtual Showcase, with all concerts exclusively available for online viewing on the Marine Band's YouTube channel. Featuring several different ensembles from "The President's Own," the season will include a little bit of everything for everyone with concerts available to a wider audience than ever before! We hope you'll join us for these exciting events in 2021!

The Lone Arranger – A Tribute to Nelson Riddle at 100

Marine Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, May 27 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Maj. Ryan Nowlin, conducting

Among the most inventive, colorful, and accomplished arrangers of the twentieth century, Nelson Riddle stands alone. His sensitive and well-crafted scoring was sought after by such luminaries as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra, and remains a quintessential part of the American Songbook sound. This concert transforms the Marine Chamber Orchestra into a studio orchestra and features several of Riddle’s iconic arrangements including “Mona Lisa,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.”

  • Arlen/arr. Riddle | “Get Happy” from C’mon…Get Happy
  • Evans and Livingston/arr. Riddle | “Mona Lisa”
  • Arlen/Koeher/arr. Riddle | “I’ve Got the World on a String” - Master Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Bennear, baritone
  • Bergman, Keith, Spence/arr. Riddle | “Nice ‘n’ Easy” - Master Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Bennear, baritone
  • Porter/arr. Riddle | “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” - Master Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Bennear, baritone
  • Myrow/arr. Riddle | “You Make Me Feel So Young”
  • Riddle | Cross Country Suite (1958) - Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Morgan, clarinet soloist
  • George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/arr. Riddle | “Nice Work if You Can Get It” - Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano
  • George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/arr. Riddle | “Someone to Watch Over Me” - Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano
  • George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/arr. Riddle | “’S Wonderful” - Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano
  • Riddle | Theme from Route 66 (1962)
  • Johnson/arr. Riddle | “The Charleston” from The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/arr. Riddle | “I’ve Got a Crush on You” - Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano
  • Swift/arr. Riddle | “Can’t We Be Friends”
  • Berlin/arr. Riddle | “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” from Hey, Let Yourself Go!

Chamber Music Series

Thursday, Feb. 4 | 1 PM (ET)

Staff Sgt. Jacob Moyer, coordinator

  • Martinů | Nonet No. 2, H. 374
  • Smetana | String Quartet No. 2 in D minor
  • Dvořák | Serenade in D minor, Opus 44


Marine Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, Feb. 18 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Maj. Ryan J. Nowlin, conducting

The Marine Chamber Orchestra returns to the stage with Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring in its original thirteen-instrument orchestration. In the more than 75 years since its Library of Congress debut, Copland’s unmatched set of variations on the Shaker song “Simple Gifts” endures, evoking a visceral sense of America’s breathtaking landscapes and beauty.

  • Bach | Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 - Staff Sgt. Charlaine Prescott, soloist
  • Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046
  • Copland | Suite from Appalachian Spring (1943–44)
  • Copland | “Hoe Down” from Rodeo (1942)

The English Connection

Marine Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, March 4 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Capt. Bryan P. Sherlock, conducting

The Marine Chamber Orchestra visits composers from several of the former British Commonwealth nations, including the venerable Englishman, Ralph Vaughan Williams. His mainstay of the string repertoire, Charterhouse Suite, is heard alongside seldom heard works by Australians Carl Vine and Peter Sculthorpe, and American George Walker, in a concert of delightful string music.

  • Vine | Prologue and Canzona (1985–86)
  • Weber/arr. Giouri Bessonov | Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Opus 35, J. 79 - Gunnery Sgt. Tam Tran, viola soloist
  • Sculthorpe | Little Suite for Strings (1983)
  • Walker | Lyric for Strings (1946)
  • Vaughan Williams/arr. and ed. James Brown | Charterhouse Suite

Chamber Music Series

Thursday, March 11 | 1 PM (ET)

Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Kiewitt, coordinator

  • Barfield/arr. Larios | Elegy (2005–06)
  • Hindemith | Sonata for English Horn and Piano (1941)
  • Takemitsu | Toward the Sea (1980–81)
  • Bach/arr. Raaf Hekkema | The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Stravinsky in Miniature

Marine Chamber Ensembles

Thursday, March 18 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Col. Jason K. Fettig, conducting

In the years following World War I, the great Russian composer Igor Stravinsky turned his attention away from writing for full symphony orchestra in favor of smaller ensembles. This was partially in response to the dwindling financial resources for music at the time, but it also coincided with a new period in Stravinsky’s compositional development. He began to compose music in the traditional forms of Classical and Baroque music, but with his own distinct twentieth-century melodic and harmonic language. This neoclassical approach permeated Stravinsky’s music off and on for the rest of his life, and many of his best works were crafted in this scaled-down approach. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky’s death, and this concert celebrates some of his very best musical miniatures for both wind and string ensembles.

  • Stravinsky | Suite No. 1 (1925)
  • Stravinsky | Concerto in E-flat, Dumbarton Oaks (1938)
  • Stravinsky | Pastorale (1933) - Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano
  • Stravinsky | Elegy for J.F.K. (1964) - Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano
  • Stravinsky | Eight Instrumental Miniatures (1962)
  • Stravinsky | Octet (1923, revised 1952)
  • Stravinsky | Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 revised version)
  • Stravinsky | Scherzo à la Russe (1945)

Marine Brass Ensemble

Thursday, March 25 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Maj. Ryan J. Nowlin, conducting

Few sounds elicit the same drama, joy, excitement, and vibrancy as does the United States Marine Band’s brass section. This concert will feature the antiphonal music of Giovanni Gabrieli and Franz Biebl, as well as Henri Tomasi’s signature work for brass: Fanfares Liturgiques. The program concludes with Edward Gregson’s electrifying 2012 composition: Symphony in Two Movements.

  • Gabrieli/ed. King | Canzona per sonare, No. 2
  • Tomasi | Fanfares Liturgiques (1947)
  • Biebl/ed. Nowlin | Ave Maria (Angelus Domini) (1964)
  • Gregson | Symphony in Two Movements (2012)

MasterPieces in Miniature

Marine Band

Thursday, April 8 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Maj. Ryan J. Nowlin, conducting

The Jazz-Era, cabaret-style band used in Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music (1928) offers a stark contrast to one of Richard Strauss’ final works: Sonatina No. 1, “From an Invalid’s Workshop” (1943). Placed side by side, these contemporaries feel worlds apart. The intersection of these two monumental works for chamber winds proved to be of great significance, as Weill’s career leading to Broadway and Hollywood waxed, and Strauss’ genre-defining career waned.

  • Weill | Little Threepenny Music
  • Strauss | Sonatina No. 1 in F, TrV 288, “From an Invalid’s Workshop” (1943)

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, April 15 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Master Sgt. AnnaMaria Mottola and Gunnery Sgt. Hiram Diaz, coordinating

  • Moré | “Bonito y Sabroso”
  • Louiguy | “Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)”
  • Olivencia | “Lobo Domesticado”
  • Cantoral | “La Barca”
  • League | “Semente”
  • D’León | “Llorarás”
  • McGeorge* | “El Cuco”
  • Moreira | “Tombo in 7/4”
  • Velázquez | “Bésame Mucho”
  • Sandoval | “Mambo Caliente”

Chamber Music Series

Thursday, April 22 | 1 PM (ET)

Staff Sgt. Harrison Burks, coordinator

  • Ravel | Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Harbison | Four Songs of Solitude (1985)
  • Mellits | Escape (2016)
  • Bruch | Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Opus 83

Springtime Serenade

Marine Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, April 29 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Col. Jason K. Fettig, conducting

In celebration of the arrival of spring and the promise of returning outdoors during this period of continued social distancing, the Marine Chamber Orchestra performs two masterworks from the classical repertoire that serve as a soundtrack for spring: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Victor Herbert’s Serenade for String Orchestra. Although separated by almost a century, these two works are as similar in many ways as they are distinct in others. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is the crown jewel of the many solo works for the instrument and is a true masterpiece from late in the composer’s short life. Herbert’s music was rooted in the Classical and Romantic traditions from the Old World of Mozart, but at the same time his works had a distinctly American spin and a dash of the musical theater for which Herbert so often composed.

  • Mozart | Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622 - GySgt Harry Ong, soloist
  • Herbert | Serenade for String Orchestra, Opus 12

New Wine in Old Bottles: Suites for Winds

Marine Band

Thursday, May 6 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Capt. Bryan P. Sherlock, conducting

Using the old and familiar vessel of the suite, two twentieth-century composers provide us with new and decidedly witty contents, composed nearly contemporaneously. British composer Gordon Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles utilizes traditional folk songs in fresh instrumental and harmonic settings, while The Good Soldier Schweik Suite by American composer Robert Kurka is based on the eponymous, satirical anti-war novel. Darius Milhaud’s innovative ballet music, La Création du monde makes use of jazz idioms in the most classical of forms, adding another inventive ingredient. Newest of all, our most recent Concerto Competition winner will also be joining us for this concert.

  • Jacob | Old Wine in New Bottles
  • Milhaud | La Création du monde, Opus 81a
  • von Weber/arr. Reed/ed. McCathern | Concertino for Clarinet, Opus 26 - Aaron Lipsky, soloist and winner of the 2020 Marine Band Concerto Competition for High School Students
  • Kurka | The Good Soldier Schweik Suite, Opus 22

Chamber Music Series

Thursday, May 13 | 1 PM (ET)

Staff Sgt. Michael Hopkins, coordinator

  • Tower | Copperwave (2006)
  • Biedenbender | Refraction (2015)
  • Higdon | Piano Trio (2003)
  • Shaw | Entr’acte (2011)
  • Reich | Quartet (2014)

Mozart’s Gran Partita

Marine Wind Ensemble

Thursday, May 20 | 7:30 PM (ET)

Col. Jason K. Fettig, conducting

It was 240 years ago this year that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the first notes of his historic Serenade No. 10 in B-flat for wind instruments, which became known as the “Gran Partita.” At the time, music for winds alone had largely been relegated to ceremonial functions or background musical entertainment. Although this piece takes the form and title of the typical light outdoor serenades of the day, it is a monumental work that was almost certainly intended for an attentive and serious audience and was likely designed to occupy an entire concert by itself. The composer could not have been aware of its significance at the time, but his inventive and captivating Gran Partita set the stage for the development of wind bands all over the globe in the following centuries and for the repertoire that continues to flourish today.

  • Mozart | Serenade No. 10 in B-flat, K. 361, Gran Partita