Marine Band Pays Tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree John Williams

Dec 14, 2004, 00:00 ET from United States Marine Band

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- "The President's Own" United States
 Marine Band was among special guests who paid tribute to Academy Award-winning
 composer John Williams, one of six 2004 Kennedy Center Honors recipients. The
 gala performance, held Sunday, Dec. 5, at the John F. Kennedy Center Opera
 House and attended by esteemed guests including President and Mrs. George W.
 Bush, will air on Tuesday, Dec. 21, on CBS.
     "This year the Kennedy Center honors not the usual five but six
 extraordinary individuals whose unique and abundant artistry has contributed
 significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy
 Center Chairman Stephen Schwarzman, calling John Williams "one of the most
 influential American composers of the past four decades."
     "The President's Own" is no stranger to the Kennedy Center Honors. Its
 usual role during the weekend of events involves the Marine Chamber Orchestra
 performing for the President and his guests at a White House reception prior
 to the gala at the Kennedy Center. This year, however, George Stevens, the
 longtime producer of the Kennedy Center Honors, invited the Marine Band to
 perform after learning of Williams' relationship with the band. Williams
 conducted the band during its 205th anniversary performance in July 2003, also
 held at the Kennedy Center. The Marine Band took center stage, lead by Leonard
 Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, to perform some of
 Mr. Williams' best-known scores, including music from Star Wars, Harry Potter,
 and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
     Since its inception in 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors has reinvented the
 way America rewards its artists. America's equivalent of a British knighthood,
 or the French Legion of Honor, the Honors serves for millions of American arts
 lovers as the year's crowning event, paying tribute to the nation's preeminent
 artists with performances by the great stars of today who have followed in
 their footsteps.
     The Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization.
 Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John
 Adams. Given the title "The President's Own" by Thomas Jefferson, the Marine
 Band's primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United
 States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
 
     CONTACT:  United States Marine Band Public Affairs Office,
 +1-202-433-5809 or usmbpao@mbw.usmc.mil.
 
 

SOURCE United States Marine Band
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- "The President's Own" United States
 Marine Band was among special guests who paid tribute to Academy Award-winning
 composer John Williams, one of six 2004 Kennedy Center Honors recipients. The
 gala performance, held Sunday, Dec. 5, at the John F. Kennedy Center Opera
 House and attended by esteemed guests including President and Mrs. George W.
 Bush, will air on Tuesday, Dec. 21, on CBS.
     "This year the Kennedy Center honors not the usual five but six
 extraordinary individuals whose unique and abundant artistry has contributed
 significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy
 Center Chairman Stephen Schwarzman, calling John Williams "one of the most
 influential American composers of the past four decades."
     "The President's Own" is no stranger to the Kennedy Center Honors. Its
 usual role during the weekend of events involves the Marine Chamber Orchestra
 performing for the President and his guests at a White House reception prior
 to the gala at the Kennedy Center. This year, however, George Stevens, the
 longtime producer of the Kennedy Center Honors, invited the Marine Band to
 perform after learning of Williams' relationship with the band. Williams
 conducted the band during its 205th anniversary performance in July 2003, also
 held at the Kennedy Center. The Marine Band took center stage, lead by Leonard
 Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, to perform some of
 Mr. Williams' best-known scores, including music from Star Wars, Harry Potter,
 and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
     Since its inception in 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors has reinvented the
 way America rewards its artists. America's equivalent of a British knighthood,
 or the French Legion of Honor, the Honors serves for millions of American arts
 lovers as the year's crowning event, paying tribute to the nation's preeminent
 artists with performances by the great stars of today who have followed in
 their footsteps.
     The Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization.
 Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John
 Adams. Given the title "The President's Own" by Thomas Jefferson, the Marine
 Band's primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United
 States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
 
     CONTACT:  United States Marine Band Public Affairs Office,
 +1-202-433-5809 or usmbpao@mbw.usmc.mil.
 
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