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"The President's Own" United States Marine Band

When/WhereSunday, Jan 06, 2019 2:00pmCenter for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus

Sousa Season Opener: After the Armistice

Come join the Marine Band for its annual Sousa Season Opener! John Philip Sousa re-entered the service of his country at age sixty-four, joining the U.S. Navy during World War I to train bands at the Great Lakes Naval Center outside of Chicago. When the Armistice ended the Great War in November 1918, Sousa resumed touring with his famous Sousa Band and returned to his status as one of the foremost bandleaders and composers in America. The 1919 tour took the band coast to coast, and Sousa’s programs included his signature mix of orchestral and opera transcriptions, original works for band, virtuosic solos, encores, and the marches that made him a household name. However, after the Armistice, the concerts also included references to the losses of war and the need for the country to come together and heal. This year’s concert takes its inspiration from this first post-war tour and Sousa’s return to the podium as he shared his unique brand of musicianship with Americans across the nation.

The performance is free and no tickets are required.