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U.S. Marine Band at UMass Amherst

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0:00 - [MUSIC PLAYING]

0:02 - We're excited to host the United States Marine Band conducted

0:06 - by Col. Jason Fettig.

0:07 - They're on their northeastern tour.

0:09 - It's a really special event to have them here

0:11 - and to hear one of the, really, the best bands in the world.

0:14 - [MUSIC PLAYING]

0:17 - The United States Marine Band was

0:18 - founded by an act of Congress in 1798,

0:21 - which makes it the oldest, continuously

0:23 - active, professional music organization in America.

0:27 - I absolutely feel like my education here in the music

0:29 - department would be critical to preparing me

0:32 - for my eventual career path of being

0:35 - a conductor with the United States Marine Band.

0:38 - It's really unbelievable to think about the fact

0:40 - that I get to stand in the same place

0:42 - that John Phillips Sousa stood and to have an opportunity

0:44 - to lead such an historic and important American institution.

0:48 - The Marine Band has been touring different parts of the United

0:51 - States for more than 125 years.

0:55 - And so not only do we get out and perform concerts

0:58 - in each of these communities, but we also

1:00 - have a tremendous amount of educational outreach.

1:03 - And so at UMass, the band had master classes

1:06 - for the current students here at the university in conjunction

1:09 - with the concert we performed.

1:10 - So you want this to be really, really even in tone.

1:14 - Sharing their experiences with the students and their insights

1:17 - on how they could continue to prepare

1:19 - for their professional careers.

1:20 - When I was a student here at UMass,

1:22 - I could never have imagined that several years later I'd

1:25 - have the opportunity to play in this organization,

1:27 - let alone have a chance to be its director.

1:29 - [APPLAUSE]

Col. Jason Fettig '98 & the U.S. Marine Band at UMass

Uploaded Apr 13, 2018

Uploaded Apr 13, 2018

UMass alumnus & "President's Own" Marine Band director Col. Fettig talks about the Oct. 2017 visit to the UMass campus