September 17, 2012

'The President's Own' to perform to sold out crowd


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will perform at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.

The concert, which is sponsored by the Weis Center and The Daily Item, is sold out.

However, patrons without tickets can come to the Weis Center at 7:45 p.m. on the evening of the Oct. 2 performance to claim any empty seats.

Patrons who have been issued tickets but do not plan to use the tickets are asked to mail them back to Bucknell University, Campus Box Office, 1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, so the tickets can be reissued to patrons on the wait list. Patrons also may drop off tickets that they do not plan to use at the Weis Center's box office location so they may be reissued.

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 are rotated throughout the tour to accommodate different concert venues. As the programs rotate, so will the soloists.

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.

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

Contact: Division of Communications

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