ALL-STATE BAND CONDUCTOR BIO
Colonel Jason Fettig is the 28th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined in 1997 as a clarinetist and soon became a frequently featured soloist with both the band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra. After serving four years in the organization, he was select¬ed as an Assistant Director, and he conducted his first concert with the Marine Band Aug. 1, 2001. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2002, promot¬ed to captain in August 2003, and became the band’s Executive Officer the following year. He was promot¬ed to major in August 2007 and to lieutenant colonel in July 2014, one week before assuming leadership of “The President’s Own.” He was promoted to his present rank in August 2017 in the Roosevelt Room by President Donald J. Trump. He is the third Director of “The President’s Own” to be promoted to colonel in a White House ceremony.
As Director, Col. Fettig is the music adviser to the White House and regularly conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the Execu¬tive Mansion and at all Presidential Inaugurations. He also serves as music director of Washington, D.C.’s historic Gridiron Club, a position held by ev¬ery Marine Band Director since John Philip Sousa. In his first years as Director, Col. Fettig has led the band for numerous major national events both at the White House and throughout the country. He conducted national broadcast performances for the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, a special Veterans Day performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, and an appearance on the David Letterman Show at the invitation of Michelle Obama in New York. He leads frequent concerts throughout the Washington, D.C., area and across the country during the band’s annual national tour. Live performances by the Marine Band under his direction are often heard on National Public Radio. Col. Fettig is a fervent advocate for both traditional and contemporary American music and remains dedicated to the ongoing development of music for wind band. In recent years, he has conducted world premières of substantial new works by James Stephenson, Jacob Bancks, David Rakowski, Adam Schoenberg, David Conte, and Narong Prangcharoen.
Throughout his career with the Marine Band, Col. Fettig has been deeply committed to music education and has taken an active role in the evolution and expansion of the many educational initiatives of “The Presi¬dent’s Own.” In addition to helping refine the Music in the Schools and Music in the High Schools programs, he has made it a priority to maintain a significant presence in schools throughout the nation during the band’s national concert tours. He also began an interactive and theatrical Young People’s Concert series in 2006 and authored, hosted, and conducted this popular annual event until 2015. In 2014, shortly after assuming com¬mand of the Marine Band, Col. Fettig launched an ambitious project to re-record all of the marches of John Philip Sousa and provide free performance and educational materials online to schools throughout the world.
Col. Fettig is a 1993 graduate of Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire and holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) in both clarinet performance (1997) and music education with an emphasis in conducting (1998). In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) where he served as assistant conductor for two productions of the Maryland Opera Studio. He studied clarinet with Michael Sussman and David Martins, and his principal conducting teachers were Malcolm W. Rowell and James Ross. Additionally, Col. Fettig has par-ticipated in workshops with several renowned conductors including Osmo Vänskä and Otto Werner Mueller.
Col. Fettig has represented the Marine Band on numerous occasions as a soloist, adjudicator, and clini¬cian, and regularly conducts both concert bands and orchestras for all-state and honor festivals. In 2014, he was elected as a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
2019 Repertoire for the Band
|University of Nebraska March
| Fanfare Hymn and Finale
|Song for Silent Voices
|Sketches on a Tudor Psalm
|Esprit de Corps
INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
All-State Winds and Percussion Audition requirements and procedures have changed. Please look carefully to be sure you have all of the necessary information and read all instructions and information completely. If you have any questions at that point, please contact Band Affairs Director Matt Rom at email@example.com. Look in your July issue of the Nebraska Music Educator Magazine for a full explanation and benefits of the new audition materials!
- All-State Etudes Document (click to download) revised and reposted 04-17-2019
Please note that despite our best efforts to have everything perfectly checked and edited, we have found two errors on the all state winds and percussion etudes sheet posted on Monday, 4/15/2019. The sheet has been updated and the corrected version posted above on 4/17/2019. Please note these changes:
FLUTES- the measures for the technical etude ("Teasing") should be m. 1-16,35 to the end.
CLARINETS- on the technical etude (Tempo Di Polacca), please ignore the DS and play straight to the end. measure numbers given are still correct.
- Sight Reading Component Guidelines (click to download)
- All-State Scale Sheets (click the name of each instrument to download)
Clarinet in Bb
Horn in F
- Sight Reading Sample Exercises (click the name of each instrument to download)
Audition Region Lookup Guide
19 Registration for All-State Auditions, through September 9, $20
10 Late Registration for All-State auditions through September 16, $40
18 Instrumental audition window opens at 8:00 AM; closes September 28 at 11:59 PM