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US Marine Band to perform in San Antonio


"The President's Own" will participate in the 65th annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio by presenting two free concerts.

The United States Marine Band will play at 7:30 pm, Friday, July 20, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre, and the Marine Chamber Ensembles will present a recital at 2:45 pm, Saturday, July 21, in Room 217, both located in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

The concerts are free and no tickets are required.

"Texas has a rich tradition of outstanding school bands at every level, and many of our own musicians are a product of the Texas band programs," said Marine Band Director Colonel Michael J. Colburn. "We greatly appreciate the hard work of music educators and view this concert as an opportunity to say thanks for a job well done."

The performance will begin with John Williams' "Summon the Heroes," followed by the world première of selected movements from Laurence Bitensky's new composition for band, "Fearsome Critters," a colorful piece inspired by mythical creatures from American lumberjack folklore.

Other selections include Leonard Bernstein's Suite from "A White House Cantata" and Paul Lavender's new band transcription, "Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition," based on Maurice Ravel's classic setting for orchestra.

A brass ensemble, augmented woodwind quintets, and six percussionists on three marimbas will perform a Marine Chamber Ensembles concert the next day. The program will include Johann Nepomuk Wendt's arrangement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," Leos Janáček's "Mládí [Youth]," Jennifer Higdon's "Splendid Wood," Ingolf Dahl's "Music for Brass Instruments" and Enrique Crespo's "El Pasodoble y Olé!," featuring trumpet soloist Gunnery Sgt. Brian Turnmire.