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Marine Band Concert Kicks Off Presidential Lecture and Performance Series

Marine Band Publicity Photo (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Kristin duBois)


The United States Marine Band will kick off Mars Hill University's 2015-2016 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series with a concert on Sunday, September 20, 2015. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium on the Mars Hill campus. Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are suggested (ticket holders will be admitted first; the remaining seats will be made available 15 minutes before the concert). For tickets, follow this link to the Marine Band's ticket site.

Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Its mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Marine Band concert tours began in 1891 under the leadership of John Philip Sousa. The Marine Band's 2015 tour includes 29 stops in the south and southwest between September 15 and October 15.

Other events scheduled for the 2015-2016 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series include a lecture by Dr. Gordon McKinney on October 6, 2015, on the topic, "Symbol and Stereotype: The Civil War and the Image of the Southern Mountains and Mountaineers," and a discussion with state senators Tom Apodaca and Terry Van Duyn on March 3, 2016, on the topic, "How Can Civility in Politics Be Recreated?"

The Presidential Lecture and Performance Series complements Mars Hill University’s emphasis on the liberal arts by bringing distinguished and knowledgeable individuals to lecture on a wide range of topics and to provide high quality performances in the cultural arts.