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Maj. Ryan J. Nowlin, conducting

Buckle up for T-minus 10 to blast off! Trajectory is set for a journey through our own solar system, admiring the range of musical character Gustav Holst imagined for Earth’s celestial neighbors in his ever-popular masterpiece, The Planets. This musical interstellar expedition also makes stops light years away at the North Star by Anthony Barfield and the Andromeda Galaxy, a Magellanic Cloud and the Milky Way in David Gillingham’s Galactic Empires. Selections from Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind kicks off the concert, marking just the first time this season the Marine Band’s orbit will cross with Maestro John Williams’ work. And as a bonus, images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will be on display at the event.

  • WILLIAMS / arr. Bulla | Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • BARFIELD | North Star - GySgt Amy McCabe, trumpet soloist and SSgt Russell Sharp, trombone soloist
  • GILLINGHAM | Galactic Empires
  • HOLST / arr. M. Patterson | The Planets, Opus 32

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