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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.
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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.
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