Last updated Jun 11, 2020

Marine Corps Band Virtual Play-Along Concert

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Marine Corps Band Virtual Concert.

The American Bandmasters Association and the United States Marine Band invite you to perform virtually with the Marine Band!

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 1 p.m. (EDT) participate in a special Sousa event with Colonel Jason K. Fettig of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

With everyone joining online, Col. Fettig will conduct a performance of John Philip Sousa’s marches “The Thunderer” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

This free event is open to anyone and will take place on

After the online play along, students through 12th grade are invited to submit a video of themselves performing “The Stars and Stripes Forever” for a worldwide collage performance that will be assembled and debuted on July 4th!

See the Marine Band's announcement


How to join the Play-Along Concert


Submitting a Video for the Stars and Stripes Project

  • Students through 12th grade are invited to submit a video of themselves performing “The Stars and Stripes Forever” which will be released in a collage video format on July 4. (Participation in the play along is not required to submit a video; depending on the volume of entries, not all videos may be featured, but as many as possible will be included.)
  • For sheet music, follow steps above. Choose the part you normally play at school.
  • June 1—Video submissions for “The Stars and Stripes Forever” due by midnight EDT
  • July 4—“The Stars and Stripes Forever” collage video will be released by ABA and the U.S. Marine Band

You need TWO devices:

  1. A Playback Device to listen to/play along with the Marine Band. Plug your headphones into this device.
  2. A Recording Device to record your video and audio (phone, tablet, computer). Tip: The sound quality is better when using a USB mic or audio interface/mic combo. However, if this is not available, the device microphone is acceptable.


Tips for your recording:

  • Place your device on a solid surface in landscape mode (wide shot).
  • Ensure you are well-framed in the video, we can see you playing your instrument, and we can see your head.
  • Ensure your lighting is good and music stand is out of the frame.
  • Ensure you are in a quiet space with no background noise.
  • Ensure the background is appropriate. This is a military/ Department of Defense collaboration and any videos with inappropriate material will not be included in the final project.


Recording Your Performance:

  • Start recording on your recording device.
  • Start the reference recording on your playback device.
  • Follow the recording, starting after the four prep clicks.
  • Play your part all the way through. (Feel free to do this as many times as you need until you’re satisfied!)
  • Upload the video of your best performance at FULL resolution, corresponding to your part.

See the Marine Band's announcement

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