Photo submitted – The U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Concert Band will present a free concert at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music on Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

POTSDAM, NY – SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the Community Performance Series will welcome the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Concert Band for a performance on Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The concert is free, but a ticket is required.

Free tickets are now available, and can be reserved by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center, or by calling (315) 267-2277. Single tickets can also be reserved in-person at Brick & Mortar Music in downtown Potsdam. Tickets will also be available on the night of the event.

The Marine Forces Reserve Band was established in 1978 and stands as one of 10 Marine Corps fleet bands. The unit is comprised of active duty Marines stationed aboard the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band is attached to Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, traveling to numerous stateside locations to provide musical support for all units of the Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Fourth Marine Division and Force Headquarters Group.

All members of the band are trained riflemen and fulfill Corps-wide physical fitness and combat training requirements, just like any other active duty Marines. The band is prepared to “Fight Tonight,” and can be called upon to provide security, both domestically and overseas, by order of Marine Forces Reserve.

Functionally, the Marine Forces Reserve Band performs over 350 concerts, parades, and ceremonies for more than 8 million people annually. The band has performed in many recognized events, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston, Texas); the Pro Football Hall of Fame Parade and Enshrinement Ceremony (Canton, Ohio); Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Kan.); Fleet Week New York (New York City); Super Bowl XLVII (New Orleans, La.); the Country Music Association Festival (Nashville, Tenn.), and numerous Mardi Gras parades and ceremonies in Louisiana.

The Marine Forces Reserve Concert Band utilizes nearly every musician in the unit, making it the largest ensemble of the band. From Gustav Holst to John Williams, the concert band performs a variety of contemporary and traditional wind band literature, orchestral transcriptions, pop arrangements and concert marches. The ensemble travels frequently across the country, performing many concerts for communities and educational institutions. Noteworthy performances include the Fiesta Days Celebration concert at the historic Alamo in Texas; the Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony in Calgary, Canada; touring from Puerto Rico to Boston for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Centennial Celebration, and the annual “Santa Meets Sousa” Toys for Tots Christmas Production tour.

To learn more about the Marine Forces Reserve Band, visit https://www.marforres.marines.mil/General-Special-Staff/Marine-Forces-Reserve-Band, or follow the band on Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/mfrband.

About Community Performance Series:

The Community Performance Series is a college-community partnership presenting distinctive and renowned performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations. For more information, visit http://www.cpspotsdam.org.

About The Crane School of Music:

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution. For more information, please visit http://www.potsdam.edu/crane.