Marine Band Performs Tribute Concert To Iwo Jima Flag Raisers

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 19:30 to 22:30
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax, Va

On the anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising atop Mount Suribachi in Japan during World War II, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform a special tribute concert in honor of the flag raisers, as well as all the fighting forces of the war. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Col Michael J. Colburn will conduct the Marine Band in “Quiet Heroes: A Symphonic Salute to the Warriors of Iwo Jima,” featuring Chis Brubeck’s work Quiet Heroes (A Symphonic Salute to the Flag Raisers of Iwo Jima), with actor Wilford Brimley as guest narrator. The concert is free and no tickets are required.

Other concert highlights include Marine Band Staff Arranger SSgt Ryan Nowlin’s medley Sentimental Journey: A World War II Hit Parade, featuring 15 minutes of popular World War II-era tunes, and sung by the Marine Band vocalists baritone Gunnery Sergeant Kevin Bennear and mezzo-soprano SSgt Sara Dell’Omo. Also, the band will perform Suite from Band of Brothers by noted film composer Michael Kamen and Sammy Nestico’s The Marines’ Hymn, Apotheosis.

Prior to the concert, patrons will have the opportunity to view several images displayed in the lobby relating to the Marines and the battle of Iwo Jima.

For more information, contact SSgt Brian Rust at (202) 433-5811 or brian.rust@usmc.mil.