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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents the United States Marine Band in a Free Concert

BOCA RATON, FL (August 29, 2011) – The department of music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the United States Marine Band in a free concert on Thursday, October 13, at 7 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.  

Tickets may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a request for tickets (limit four) to FAU Bands/Department of Music, 777 Glades Road, Building 52, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Letters must be received by Friday, September 30 to ensure timely delivery. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. If additional seats are still available at that time, non-ticket holders will be admitted.

Established in 1798, the United States Marine Band is America’s oldest professional musical organization. The band has performed at the inauguration of every president since Thomas Jefferson and plays at all important State events at the White House and in Washington D.C.   In 1891, the band’s legendary 17th director, John Philip Sousa, led the Marine Band on its first concert tour. Since then, they have performed around the country on a set schedule, coming to the southeastern states every five years.

The Washington Post called the band “not only the best in the land, but, very likely, the best in the world,” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer said that the band’s “musical texture is sometimes so sheer as to be transparent.”

“We are very lucky to be able to host such a prestigious organization,” said Kyle Prescott, associate professor in the department of music and director of University Bands. “Our students will have a chance to not only see but also work with some very talented musicians.”

For further information, visit www.fau.edu/music or call 561-297-3854.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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