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US Marine Band performing at Hosmer Concert Hall next month

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POTSDAM - As part of its 2012 national concert tour, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. 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 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.

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