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The U.S. Marine Band’s national tour is making a stop in Ellensburg, according to the Marine Band’s website.

The concert is sponsored by Central Washington University’s Music Department, and is from 8-10 p.m. Thursday at Nicholson Pavilion.

The band tours every October and Thursday’s performance at CWU will be its second over 29 nights. This month’s tour begins Wednesday at the University of Washington, followed by a performance in Everett on Friday. Shows in Milwaukie, Corvallis, Bend, and Eugene, Ore., will follow before the band moves on to California, Nevada, and Arizona. The final performance is scheduled for Oct. 31 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The Marine Band is the nation’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.

The tradition of the Marine Band tour began in 1891 under its 17th director, John Philip Sousa. In the style of Sousa, the modern-day director, Col. Jason K. Fettig, delivers a diverse mix of programs, from traditional band repertoire and marches to instrumental solos.

The concert is free, but tickets are required, and available at Tickets expire at 7:45 p.m., then seating is opened to the standby line.


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