Music in Red, White, and Blue

United States Marine Band performs at UM’s BankUnited Center.

Coral Gables (October 17, 2011) — Music mixed with patriotism on October 14 when “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band performed at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center, giving thousands of audience members an opportunity to see and listen to a professional musical organization that was founded by an Act of Congress in 1798. The free concert was held in conjunction with Festival Miami, the Frost School of Music’s annual series of concerts and master classes.

During last Friday’s concert, “The President’s Own” performed John Philip Sousa’s marches Semper Fidelis, the official march of the United States Marine Corps, and Stars and Stripes Forever, as well as Herbert L. Clarke’s Southern Cross, featuring cornet soloist Gunnery Sergeant Brian Turnmire.

“The President’s Own,” which gives an annual tour of free concerts each fall, encompasses the United States Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles. The band performs regularly at the White House and at more than 500 public performances across the nation each year.


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With an oversized American flag serving as a backdrop, Colonel Michael J. Colburn, the 27th director of "The President's Own," leads the band during one of many musical selections performed at the concert.

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