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John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band 2018

Festival Dates and Deadlines

September 1, 2017 - Application Process Opens

January 31, 2018 - Application/Auditions Submission Deadline
February 15, 2018 - Students are Selected & Notified
April, 2018 - Music is Mailed
April 1, 2018 - Registration Fees Due
June 20, 2018: Day #1
June 21, 2018: Day #2
June 22, 2018: Day #3
June 23, 2018: Festival Concert - 3pm


Festival Staff

Robert L. Rucinski, Co-Administrator, Arlington, MA

Rev. Gregory W. Schmidt, Logistics, Harvard, MA

Sharon L. Schmidt, Logistics, Harvard, MA

Thomas E. Reynolds, Co-Administrator, Templeton, MA

Jonathan O. Schmidt, Student Administrator-Section Coach Coordinator, Amherst, MA

Kim Mathieu-Palmer, Dean of Students, Gorham, ME

Maureen Smalley, Nurse, Littleton, MA

Marilyn E. Renner, Airport Coordinator, West Lafayette, IN

Doris Rucinski, Registration, Arlington, MA.

Student Coaches:

Isabelle Garland - Flute/Piccolo

Cara Doherty - Double Reeds

Anna Pless - Saxophones

Patrick Marum - Trumpet

Meghan Ferris - French Horn

Sean Swanton - Euphonium

Tyler Woodbury - Trombone

Jillian Gummeson - Tuba

Jonathan Schmidt - Percussion

2018 Brochure

Col. Jason K. Fettig, Conductor

Colonel Jason K. Fettig is the 28th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.
As Director, Col. Fettig is the music adviser to the White House and regularly conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the Executive Mansion and at all Presidential Inaugurations. He also serves as music director of Washington, D.C.’s historic Gridiron Club, a position held by every Marine Band Director since John Philip Sousa.
Throughout his career with the Marine Band, Col. Fettig has been deeply committed to music education and has taken an active role in the evolution and expansion of the many educational initiatives of “The President’s Own.” In addition to helping refine the Music in the Schools and Music in the High Schools programs, he has made it a priority to maintain a significant presence in schools throughout the nation during the band’s national concert tours. In 2014, shortly after assuming command of the Marine Band, Col. Fettig launched an ambitious project to re-record all of the marches of John Philip Sousa and provide free performance and educational materials online to schools throughout the world.

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