‘The President’s Own’ U.S. Marine Band to perform free concert at Tulane

September 3, 2015

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium. The concert, sponsored by the Tulane University Band Program and the Loyola University Band Department, is free and open to the public, and is part of Loyola’s 2015 Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

The Marine Band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Traditionally known as “The President’s Own,” the Marine Band’s primary mission is to provide music for the president of the U.S. and the commandant of the Marine Corps.

A concert tour was created to give Americans who could not travel to Washington, D.C., the opportunity to see “Uncle Sam’s Band”—as the Marine Band was sometimes called in the late 1800s—and government leaders saw value in bringing the highly regarded musical ensemble directly to their constituents.

This year’s soloists include seasoned tour soloists baritone vocalist Master Sgt. Kevin Bennear and principal euphonium Gunnery Sgt. Mark Jenkins, as well as first-time tour soloists euphonium player Gunnery Sgt. Ryan McGeorge, co-principal clarinet Staff Sgt. Patrick Morgan, and flutist Staff Sgt. Kara Santos.

“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.

Free tickets may be reserved (limit four per request) by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Marine Band Concert, c/o Tulane University Marching Band, 102 Dixon Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; standby non-ticket holders will be admitted at that time.

This fall, the Marine Band will travel 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.

For more information visit or call 504-314-BAND.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000