A decade has passed since the scarlet coats of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band last appeared on stages along the West Coast. But at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 the band returns to play a free concert at Poly High School’s Andrew Osman Performing Arts Center.
Free tickets are available (limit four per request) starting Sept. 26 at marineband.ticketleap.com/longbeach/. Seating is general admission, and tickets will be honored 15 minutes prior to the start of the concert, when any remaining seats will be released to a standby line.
“The Marine Band is one of the most prestigious bands in the U.S.,” Poly Principal Bill Salas said. “Hosting the group is a fantastic honor.”
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 music – from traditional band repertoire and Sousa marches to instrumental solos and a salute to the Armed Forces.
“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 Col. Jason K. Fettig.
Founded by an act of Congress in 1798, the band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.