The President’s Own


The Fifth United States Congress, which sat from 1797 to 1799, had a number of brilliant notions (and some rather unfortunate ones). It created the Navy, which has proved most useful. It adopted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which did not. And it established “The President’s Own” – the United States Marine Band, which has become America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, playing at nearly 500 events a year.

John Philip Sousa was once its director, and today’s performances still include his work – most notably Semper Fidelis, the official march of the Marine Corps.

History lesson over. The exciting part, for us? The Marine Band will be performing at the Kravis Center at 8 p.m. October 13. Tickets? Well, those are free.

Free. Yes. You just have to visit the box office, present a valid driver’s license or ID, and you may have up to four tickets. We got ours earlier this week, and the nice ticket lady gave us this piece of advice: Make sure to be in your seats no later than 7 p.m. It’s open seating, and Dreyfoos Hall will fill quickly.

To learn more, visit the Kravis Center website or call the box office at (561) 832-7469. Summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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