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Jason Fettig

Jason Fettig

Conducting Sousa With Style: A “How-To” in Bringing Out the Best in a Sousa March

Clinic Synopsis:

Have you ever wondered what makes a Sousa march so special and how to bring them to life in your conducting? This clinic outlines the unique musical genius of some of "The March King's" masterpieces and offers practical ideas about conducting with more musicality with your band. You’ll also learn more about "The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa" recordings and free resources for playing this iconic music with your ensembles just as the Marine Band performs them.

Jason Fettig - Biographical Information

Colonel Jason K. Fettig is the 28th Director of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. He is music adviser to the White House, regularly conducts at the Executive Mansion, and led the band during the 2017 and 2021 Presidential Inaugurations. Throughout his career, Col. Fettig has been deeply committed to music education. He authored and conducted the band's Young People's Concert for nine years and prioritized the band's presence in schools through educational initiatives in the classroom and online, including his initiative "Digital Rehearsal Hall." Col. Fettig launched an ambitious project to re-record all of John Philip Sousa's marches to provide these free performances and educational materials online. In May 2019, Col. Fettig and the Marine Band, in partnership with the All-Star Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz, won an Emmy at the 62nd Annual New York Emmy Awards for a program entitled "New England Spirit." Col. Fettig has served as a clinician or guest conductor at over 40 universities and colleges, teaches at international conducting symposia, and has appeared as conductor for national honor band and All-State festivals around the country.