military band

Courtesy Julie Giroux

On Wednesday, January 20th, at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, a 1st will be taking place. The first piece by a woman composer to be played during the inauguration ceremony itself.  The Marine Band has been playing every inauguration back through Thomas Jefferson. Their current conductor and commander, Col. Jason K. Fettig selected Julie Giroux’s “Integrity Fanfare and March” to be played as Kamala Harris walks up to the podium. But as Giroux told me the evening before the ceremony, her memory needed to be jogged.

Coast Guard Band
Courtesy / U.S. Coast Guard / PA2 Richard Brahm

The U.S. Coast Guard Band is touring the Great Lakes this summer.  On Wednesday, the ensemble co-founded by legendary march king John Phillip Sousa is giving a free concert at Okemos High School.

 

Editor’s Note: This is a free event, but tickets are required.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Okemos High School.  Register for tickets here.