The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band is coming back to Porterville.

It’s been a while but the band will be coming back to Porterville as part of its 2019 U.S. Tour to the West Coast from October 2-31. The band will perform inside the Buck Shaffer Theater at the Porterville Memorial Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19.

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 primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

In the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse mix of programs, from traditional band repertoire and marches to instrumental solos.  Wind band standards, orchestral transcriptions and marches of Sousa will be featured.

The concert is sponsored by the Porterville Panther Band. The concert is free but tickets are required. Tickets are limited to 4 per request.

Tickets will become available on the band’s website at  www.marineband.marines.mil. Those who have questions about tickets can also call 202-433-5809.

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