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Marine Band San Diego to perform at Illinois State University, April 16

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For nearly a century, Marine Band San Diego has thrilled countless thousands throughout the country with its inspiring renditions of patriotic music, classical literature, Big Band and Top 40 favorites, and of course, the marches of John Philip Sousa.

As part of its 2019 Midwest tour, the Marine Band San Diego will perform at the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and The Pantagraph.

The concert will not be ticketed and general admission seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the Concert Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in the School Street Parking Garage at the corner of School and Beaufort streets, east of the Center for the Performing Arts. Questions or accessible seating requests should be directed to the Box Office at (309) 438-2535.

For nearly a century, Marine Band San Diego has thrilled countless thousands throughout the country with its inspiring renditions of patriotic music, classical literature, Big Band and Top 40 favorites, and of course, the marches of John Philip Sousa.

The primary mission of Marine Band San Diego is to provide musical support for military and civic ceremonies. In addition, the 50 Marines of the band perform in several different ensembles: concert band, marching band, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, jazz combo, rock band, and brass band.

In order to encourage music education and showcase the vibrant history and tradition of military music, the band is active in providing clinics and concerts for high school and college students throughout the western United States; serving as musical role models for developing musicians.

Among the band’s most popular performances are the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Holiday Bowl Parade, and annual summer and winter concerts. The band also appears regularly at various professional sporting events such as San Diego Padres and Arizona Cardinals home games. Recent appearances include performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Lincoln Center in New York City, The Hollywood Christmas Parade, and the Tournament of Roses Parade. For the past three years, Marine Band San Diego has been selected to perform during Marine Week in Phoenix, Arizona; Nashville, Tennessee; and Detroit, Michigan. Altogether, the band performs over 350 appearances each year. To learn more about the band, and for more information about the band’s upcoming appearances, we encourage you to follow Marine Band San Diego on Facebook.

Marine Band San Diego is under the leadership of Warrant Officer Alex Panos, Band Officer; and Master Sergeant Robert Marroquín, Bandmaster.

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