On August 30, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band premiered Heroes from the Sea, the latest work composed by Onsby Rose, doctoral graduate teaching associate in the School of Music. Directed by Col. Jason Fettig, the band will reprise the work on August 31, on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
The work has gained fast momentum with bands around the country, with 30 copies sold to date. It will be included in the Blacksburg High School Band (Virginia) performance at the Music for All Festival, March 2018 in Indiana, and will be performed overseas in Guam and Japan by the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Band.
Rose studies wind conducting with Russel C. Mikkelson, director of Ohio State Bands. He served as an active duty Marine for 11 years and as trombonist and conductor for the U.S. Marine Corps Fleet Bands. He was an instructor in the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and was a baritone bugler with The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, “The Commandant’s Own." Rose hold degrees from East Tennessee State University (BM) and Appalachian State University (MM).
Rose traveled to Washington to attend the premiere. While there, he toured the Marine Band archives and library where he reviewed John Philip Sousa's medals, original scores to Semper Fidelis and The Liberty Bell and had the opportunity to hold Sousa’s baton.
Rose shared that he dedicates Heroes from the Sea to all U.S. Marines, sailors and coast guardsmen for their bravery, duty and sacrifice.
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Onsby Rose's Heroes from the Sea performed by "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band, conducted by Col. Jason Fettig.