‘The President’s Own’ U.S. Marine Band Will Perform Concert at Baylor University

'The President's Own' U.S. Marine Band
'The President's Own' U.S. Marine Band
Oct. 6, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 6, 2015) – The United States Marine Band, also known as “The President’s Own,” will perform at Baylor University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Jones Concert Hall.

“ʻThe President’s Own’ U.S. Marine Band is a national treasure and the oldest professional musical organization in our country,” said Brent Phillips, associate professor of trombone in Baylor’s School of Music and former band member. “These men and women are the best artists in the business and were selected among an elite class of instrumentalists through a national audition process. If you have not heard our nation’s top military wind ensemble, you must see what you have been missing.”

The band will play the music of composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Camille Saint-Saëns and Percy Grainger, as well as that of the band’s 17th director, John Philip Sousa, nicknamed “The March King.” There also will be music by Waco-born composer and trumpeter Fisher Tull.

Directing the band will be Lt. Col. Jason K. Fetting, the 28th director in the band’s history. He joined the Marine Band in 1997 as a clarinetist.

The Marine Band is on a 29-city tour throughout the southern United States.

The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are recommended for assured seating. Up to four tickets per person can be reserved at the box office in the lobby of the Glennis McCrary Music Building or by clicking here.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for ticket holders and at 7:15 p.m. for those without tickets if space is still available.

Jones Concert Hall is located inside Glennis McCrary Music Building at 110 Baylor Ave.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 254-710-3571.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Our students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, the students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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