PHOTOS: “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band’s Performance


“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Brass Quintet from Washington, D.C., performed a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 in Caruth Auditorium in SMU’s Owen Arts Center, presented by the Meadows School of the Arts. The program included Kurt Weill’s Suite from The Threepenny Opera, Monteverdi’s Four Madrigals, Darius Milhaud’s Suite française and more.

The group members, including Master Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Harding, cornet; Master Sgt. Michael Mergen, trumpet and cornet; Gunnery Sgt. Hilary Harding, horn; Master Sgt. Chris Clark, trombone; and Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Tiedeman, tuba, have been performing as a brass quintet from “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band for more than 10 years. The quintet has given recitals at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association convention, and most recently, the International Trumpet Guild convention, where they gave the world premiere of James Stephenson’s “Chase Sequence.”

Photographer Kim Leeson was on the scene.







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By Nick Rallo