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Next Overbeck History Lecture

On Tuesday, September 16, the U.S. Marine Band’s historian, Gunnery Sergeant Kira Wharton, will deliver an Overbeck History Lecture on the origins of the band at the end of the 18th century and its long and colorful history in our neighborhood.

Known as “the President’s Own,” the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization and has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams. With its unique mission to provide music for the President and the Marine Corps Commandant, it has grown from a handful of fifers and drummers to one of the premiere musical organizations in the world, with more than 150 musicians and support staff.

A highly skilled musician in her own right with a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Iowa, GySgt Wharton joined the Marine Band as a librarian in 2003, with duties including the preparation of music for performances by the band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra. She was appointed assistant chief in 2008 and historian in 2013.

The lecture, which will include musical samplings from the band’s storied past, is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Naval Lodge Hall at 330 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. As usual, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. To reserve, or to request inclusion on our email notification list, please contact us atOverbeckLecture@CapitolHillHistory.org.

Also remember we always welcome your ideas for lecture topics and speakers. Series coordinator John Franzén can be reached at franzen80@franzenco.com.

The Overbeck History Lectures are a project of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. Please remember CHCF in your charitable giving.

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