'The President's Own' U.S. Marine Band to Perform in Potsdam


As part of its 2012 national concert tour, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. The concert, sponsored by The Crane School of Music and the Watertown Daily Times, is free and open to the public.

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.

Seating is limited, and tickets are required. Patrons may reserve tickets (limit four per request) by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Community Performance Series, Attn: Marine Band Concert, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam, NY 13676. Tickets can also be acquired by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting the CPS Box Office in the lobby of the Sara M. Snell Music Theater, or visiting Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Please note that no Internet reservations will be taken for this event.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; non-ticket holders will be admitted at that time.

In the style of the band’s 17th director, John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Colonel Michael J. Colburn has chosen a diverse mix of programs⎯from traditional band repertoire and marches to instrumental solos. Programs and soloists are rotated throughout the tour to accommodate different concert venues.

By the end of October, the Marine Band will have performed a total of 29 concerts in 31 days on its 2012 tour. This year’s tour route takes the band through Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Col. Colburn, who attended SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music as well as Crane Youth Music summer camp, was recognized for his achievements with Honorary Lifetime Membership from the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association this summer.

The Crane School was founded in 1886 by Julia Crane (1855-1923) as the Crane Institute of Music and was one of the first institutions in the country to have programs dedicated to preparing specialists in teaching music in the public schools. Throughout Crane's history the school's primary mission has been to educate music teachers with an emphasis on excellence in performance. At Crane, learning to be a teacher does not exclude or limit music performance, but uses excellence in performance as the foundation on which teaching is based. Crane is proud to have many of the finest music educators, scholars and performers in the United States as members of the faculty, all working hard to make Crane a vital, innovative and exciting place.

To find out more about Crane, visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.