“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band concert opens with alumni veterans reception

Posted by Centre News in Music, News, Norton Center, Performing Arts 02 Sep 2014

President's Own White House PS“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will kick off Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts 2014-2015 season with a free public performance on Thursday, September 4 at 8 p.m. in Newlin Hall. The concert will be co-sponsored by the Danville Advocate-Messenger.logo_band_CMYK

Established by an act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is the nation’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. While the mission of the band is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, performing at the White House more than 300 times each year, the band also travels throughout the U.S. each fall for an annual public concert tour.

“This will be the third visit to Danville by this stellar band,” says Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman. “It is always an honor when our community can be part of such a patriotic celebration. The musicians are also excited to return to the Norton Center, recalling the venue’s acoustics and intimacy as part of their memorable past experiences.”

In addition, the Marine Band has several other significant connections to Centre. “The President’s Own” commissioned Associate Professor of Music Laurence Bitensky to compose “Fearsome Critters,” an arrangement inspired by North American folklore which premiered at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in 2012 and that will also be performed at the upcoming concert.

World-renowned trumpeter and former Matton Professor of Music Vince DiMartino recently became the first civilian to perform with the band. DiMartino’s former student, Doug Burian ’95, is currently the Operations Officer of “The President’s Own,” and played trumpet for the band’s concert at Centre in 2004.

Centre’s Alumni Affairs Office is hosting a reception prior to the concert for all Centre veterans from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. in the Evans-Lively Room of Old Carnegie. The reception will honor the Centre alumni who have served and continue to serve our country.

Tickets to “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band concert are free to the public, but only four tickets per household may be requested. All ticketed guests are encouraged to be seated in Newlin Hall by 7:45 p.m. the night of the performance.

by Caitlan Cole

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