"The President's Own" United States Marine Band

Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band's mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Website: www.marineband.usmc.mil

Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances. “The President’s Own” encompasses the United States Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles, and performs regularly at the White House and for more than 500 public performances across the nation each year.

United States Marine Band

The Marine Band performs a varied repertoire including new works for wind ensemble, traditional concert band literature, challenging orchestral transcriptions, and the patriotic marches that made it famous. The band frequently features its members in solo performances that highlight their virtuosity and artistry.

Marine Chamber Orchestra

The Marine Chamber Orchestra performs a variety of both popular and classical selections, including compositions for string orchestra and those utilizing various wind instruments. Lauded by critics for their dramatic and confident performances, the Marine Chamber Orchestra is helping shape the identity of “The President’s Own” in the 21st century.

Website: www.marineband.marines.mil

Concert Information Line: (202) 433-4011

Public Affairs office: (202) 433-5809

Ticket Information: All concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

United States Marine Band Social Media Policy
Welcome to “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s official Facebook page, a page is intended to provide updated information and discussion on the Marine Band. For the Marine Band performance schedule, history, images and more information please visit our official website at www.marineband.usmc.mil.

We strive to provide our audience with perspective on Marine Band news and information while maintaining a principle-based and audience-focused conversation online.

While this is an open forum, it is also a family-friendly one, so please keep any comments appropriate for all. In addition to keeping it family-friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines may be removed:

-We do not allow negative graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

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-We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

-Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice.

-You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username, and any information provided.

- For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don’t post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts, or directories. This is a violation of privacy.

The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense.

You are encouraged to quote, republish, or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site, or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy.

For additional information, you may refer to further social media guidelines and resources listed here:

Social Media Policy and Guidelines

MarAdmin 181/10
Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities

Department of Defense Policy on Social Media

U.S. Marine Corps Rules of Engagement/Standard Operating Procedure

Online Social Media Guidance for Unofficial Internet Posts
Guidance provided for Marines who, in their personal capacity, desire to make unofficial posts online, regarding Marine Corps-related topics.

If you are looking for more information about "The President's Own," please visit www.marineband.marines.mil.

Presidential Playlist

For President's Day, enjoy a playlist of music written for and inspired by such presidents as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as a message from Ronald Reagan. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA7no0L9zTk6flqRjxDODkQiOxTInGuvX

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National Museum of the Marine Corps

Semper Fidelis, Sir.
It was an honor to play for the 70th anniversary of Operation Detachment on Feb. 19, 2015, where Lt.Gen. Snowden and more than 200 Marines, family members, friends, and representatives of the media attended a memorial ceremony in Crawford Hall at Marine Barracks Washington, the Oldest Post of the Corps.

READ MORE -- http://www.marineband.marines.mil/News/Article/566876/marine-band-honors-iwo-jima-survivors/

HEAR Lt. Gen. Snowden speak at the ceremony: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/391667/iwo-jima-memorial-ceremony#.VOtqiFXF9H1

Semper Fidelis, Sir.

Lt. Gen. Snowden, senior Iwo Jima survivor, passes away at 95.

The Marine Chamber Orchestra performed the concert "Conflicts and Confluences" on Sunday, Feb. 19, including the world premiere of Ken Watson's Bassoon Concerto. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Brian Rust/released)

The Marine Chamber Orchestra performed the concert "Conflicts and Confluences" on Sunday, Feb. 19, including the world premiere of Ken Watson's Bassoon Concerto. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Brian Rust/released)



This Sunday at 2 p.m. EST -- “The idea for this program sprung from the new Bassoon Concerto that will be given its world première during the performance,” Marine Band Director Lieutenant Col. Jason K. Fettig said. “Ken Watson is a former band member and Marine officer who has become a prolific composer and arranger in his life after retirement. He wrote this concerto for our principal bassoonist, Master Sgt. Chris McFarlane, and the music was inspired by the challenges and emotions felt by men and women in uniform during the most trying parts of their service.” READ MORE: http://www.marineband.marines.mil/News/Article/1083277/marine-chamber-orchestra-concert-conflicts-and-confluences/


The Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlesinger Center in Alexandria, Va. This program features three disparate works that each illuminate conflict and confluence through music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni; Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 in E-flat; and the world première of composer, oboist, and veteran Marine Lt. Col. Kenneth Watson’s Bassoon Concerto, written specifically for principal bassoon Master Sgt. Christopher McFarlane, who will perform the selection. Admission and parking are free.

Videos (See all)

Inaugural Parade Rehearsal
Right-Left March (1883)
The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa
Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Irish Wedding Dance from Far and Away
"Oodles of Noodles" by Jimmy Dorsey
Sousa's March Mania
National Concert Tour


Band Members

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig

Assistant Directors:
Major Michelle A. Rakers,
Captain Ryan J. Nowlin

Executive Assistant to the Director:
Lieutenant Colonel John R. Barclay

Drum Major:
Master Sergeant Duane F. King

Assistant Drum Major:
Gunnery Sergeant Steven F. Williams

Operations Officer:
CWO4 Douglas R. Burian


Current Location

Other Washington Artists
Ashburn Artists