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December, 20, 2022
02:45 PM - 03:45 PM




Jason Fettig

Jason Fettig

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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. As Marine Band Director, he is music adviser to the White House and conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the Execu­tive Mansion. He led the musical program for the Inaugurations of President Trump and President Biden and the State Funeral of George H.W. Bush. Fettig has led the band for national events including the bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Ft. McHenry and three Independence Day specials from the White House. He has also conducted the Band and Orchestra on the David Letterman Show, NBC’s Today Show, and on the PBS special “In Performance at the White House.” Fettig leads concerts throughout the Washington, D.C., area and across the country during the band’s annual national tour. He also recently led the Marine Band in performances throughout Japan, Austria, the Netherlands, and Czech Republic. Fettig invites guest conductors to conduct “The President’s Own,” including JoAnn Falletta, Bramwell Tovey, and John Williams. He regularly collaborates with world-class artists and in May 2019, 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. A 1993 graduate of Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire, Fettig holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in clarinet performance (1997) and music education (1998), and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Maryland, College Park (2005).