John Williams Conducts US Marine Band, July 16, 2023 – Reviews, Photos. and Videos

July 16, 2023, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
United States Marine Band conducted by Jason K. Fettig and JOHN WILLIAMS (Guest Conductor)

(download program notes)

Conducted by Jason K. Fettig

  • The Star Spangled Banner (arr. Williams)
  • The Cowboys Overture
  • Theme from Jurassic Park
  • Fawkes the Phoenix from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Conducted by Ryan J. Nowlin

  • Theme from Schindler’s List
    Gunnery Sgt. Karen Johnson, violin soloist

Conducted by Jason K. Fettig

  • Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial


Conducted by Jason K. Fettig

  • For ‘The President’s Own’

Conducted by John Williams

  • Hooray for Hollywood (arr. Williams)
  • Scherzo for Motorcycle from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Helena’s Theme from Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • With Malice Towards None from Lincoln
  • The Asteroid Field from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Princess Leia’s Theme from Star Wars
  • Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars


Conducted by John Williams

  • March from 1941
  • The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back



  • Official Marines website (rehearsal report) – Before leading the band in “March from 1941,” Williams said to the band, “This is the reason I came here. I wanted to hear you all play this.” He went on to tell the audience that he recently asked a member of a well-known orchestra, “Do you know what the bass drum sounds like in the Marine Band? Make it sound like that.” After he finished conducting the piece, he proclaimed that the Marine Band has the “greatest bass drum ever of all time,” and joked with Colonel Fettig “there’s a secret to it that you all are hiding.” – Full report
  • Official Marines website (concert report) – It was described as a “day to remember” by Marine Band Director Colonel Jason K. Fettig, a “pinch me moment,” by Associate Director Major Ryan J. Nowlin, and a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” by Marine Band musicians and guests when almost 2,500 concertgoers from all over the United States packed into the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to see and hear “The President’s Own” conducted by one of America’s most popular and successful composers: John Williams. There was a celebratory and almost reverent anticipation as everyone in the hall recognized the significance of this rare and historic collaboration. – Full report
  • Soundtracks with Birdman – John Williams Marine Corps Band Concert Quick Recap  (Video review)


Concert report by ‘rpvee’ (original post)

What a wonderful afternoon! Williams conducted the second half and was in great spirits. Encores were 1941 and Imperial March. The physical program was beautiful, and they were also giving out copies of the CD posted a couple posts above this one that had matching cover art to the program. I was lucky enough to be given a ticket in the front row and so once Again had some great little interactions with the Maestro from the podium :) As I mentioned in a main thread about the occasion, Williams was also honored with the title of Honorary Marine!

Report by ‘thx99’ (original post)

My only disappointment with the concert was that Williams didn’t conduct more of it.  Fettig conducted the entire first half and “For ‘The President’s Own'” to start the second half, and Williams took the podium for the remainder of the program (starting with “Hooray for Hollywood”) through the two encores (well, 2 of the 3 encores if you count “The Marines’ Hymn” conducted by Fettig for Williams’ swearing in).

My favorite comment was Williams saying that the only reason for him to come to Washington, DC was to hear the US Marine Band play the March from 1941!


Official Photos (source: Marine Band)




Photos by ‘rpvee’ (original post)


Celebrating “The President’s Own” at 225 with John Williams

Maestro John Williams: Honorary Marine