The U.S. Marine Band is making two stops in South Dakota next month: one at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, and another in Aberdeen at the Civic Arena.
Those stops, on Oct. 5 and 6, are part of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band’s tour through the Midwest. The band is also going to Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania this fall.
While on tour, the band offers free educational clinics to school music programs near the tour concert locations.
The band’s touring tradition started with its famed 17th director, John Philip Sousa, with permission from President Benjamin Harrison in 1891. Since then, the band has delivered a White House experience from Washington D.C. to all corners of the U.S. The concerts have become a tradition for generations of Americans.
Col. Jason Fettig, the current band director, has programmed musical selections in the style of Sousa, with traditional band repertoire, marches, contemporary compositions, vocal and instrumental solos and a salute to the Armed Forces.
Tickets are free and available now on the Marine Band’s website. The show at LHS is set for Thursday, Oct. 5, and is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for ticketholders, and tickets are valid until 7:15 p.m., followed by open seating for those without tickets until the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Source: Argus Leader