FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 AT 10:00 A.M.
For the first time in five years, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band returns to the Midwest on tour, performing a free 7:30 p.m. concert on October 18 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Organizers have helped bring the ensemble from the nation’s capital to the Fox Cities for this community event.
For full details, please visit www.marineband.marines.mil/Tour. Free tickets are available online starting September 22, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. (limit 4 per household). Seating is general admission and ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; remaining seats will be released to the standby line at that time. Tickets are not guaranteed to be available for standby guests.
Admission to this event is completely free of charge. Individuals who attempt to sell these tickets for a cost are not authorized sellers. Additionally, acquiring tickets from a third party does not ensure their validity for entry.
Tickets may be acquired on foxcitiespac.com, on the Fox Cities P.A.C.’s mobile app, by calling the ticket office at (920) 730-3760 or visiting in person at 400 W. College Ave. in downtown Appleton Monday –Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Performance schedule and performers are subject to change without notice. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Ticketmaster are the only authorized ticket distributors. Acquisitions from third party ticket brokers may not be valid.
“We are incredibly excited to continue the tradition of our national concert tour,” Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig said. “Musicians of the band are more eager than ever to share their musical talents with audiences live, and in-person on this Midwest tour.”
Fettig has programmed musical selections in the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891. Concertgoers can expect a mix of works including traditional band repertoire, Sousa marches, contemporary compositions, vocal and instrumental solos and a patriotic salute to the Armed Forces.
“We have tremendously appreciative patrons who come to Marine Band concerts for all types of different experiences, so our programs are designed to include a great variety of music that mirrors the wonderful diversity in our national musical heritage,” Fettig said.
Since Sousa was first granted permission to tour the country by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has delivered a White House experience from Washington, D.C., to the far-reaching corners of the nation, and these special concerts have been shared by generations of Americans.
By the end of this year’s 31-day tour, the Marine Band will have covered more than 4,664 miles around the Midwest, performing in 29 different cities in 11 states, with concerts in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
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