A Letter from Gary Schwartzhoff: The Historical Importance of FDR’s Four Freedoms

The following is a guest post by Dr. Gary R. Schwartzhoff, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Four Freedoms Choral Festival. The Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) has shaped not just the United States of America, but the world … Continue reading

SELU Wind Symphony at the Sousa Band Festival

The Southeastern Louisiana Wind Symphony joined us in performing at the the inaugural John Philip Sousa Band Festival in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. We were delighted to hear from Dr. Glen Hemburger, director and Professor of Music & Director … Continue reading

National Independence Day Parade – It’s Here!

Happy Fourth of July Weekend from MCI Headquarters! We are incredibly excited about all of the Independence Day festivities about to happen over the weekend in Washington, D.C., and we hope that YOU can join us and be a part … Continue reading

Chaparral Middle School at the Inaugural Sousa Band Festival

We are happy to have worked with the Chaparral Middle School Wind Ensemble, one of four talented bands featured in the inaugural John Philip Sousa Band Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

Applications now accepted to march in the nation’s Independence Day Parade – July 4, 2016

Band at the Capitol Building waiting to march in the National Independence Day Parade

“Pfft.  Please!  I’ll be cooking barbecue and heading down to the local fireworks.  Not interested!” When we talk with marching band directors about participation in America’s National Independence Day Parade, especially when it means traveling to another part of the … Continue reading

Col. Arnald D. Gabriel Recognized for a Lifetime of Service

How many ways can one appreciate a man who so completely embodies the spirit, drive, and passion of America’s Greatest Generation as Col. Arnald D. Gabriel?  Answer: Not enough. Col. Gabriel served as a combat machine gunner with the United … Continue reading

Memorial Day Choral Festival 2015 – Sunday, May 24th!

MCI is proud to present the 2015 Memorial Day Choral Festival happening this Sunday, May 24th, at 3:00PM at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. Ten choirs from across the United States … Continue reading

2015 National Memorial Day Parade to Air Live on REELZ

REELZ today announced that the men and women who have given their lives in defense of freedom in the world will be honored at The American Veterans Center’s 2015 National Memorial Day Parade airing live on Monday, May 25 starting at 2pm ET/ 11am PT. The Grand Marshals of this year’s Parade are the veterans of World War II with 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. (Via PRWeb.com) Continue reading

Lemoore High School Choir Tours Washington, D.C.

Lemoore High School Choir

The Lemoore High School Choir of Lemoore, California, recently returned from a tour of Washington, D.C. as part of the National Festival of the States. The ensemble performed several times in the area, including at the Lincoln Memorial, Vinson Hall Retirement Community, and at a clinic led by renowned choral director Dr. Stanley Engebretson. Continue reading

Announcing the 2nd annual Sousa Band Festival at the Kennedy Center

Sousa Band Festival - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Music Celebrations International is pleased to present the Sousa Band Festival, an exclusive event that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, 2016, at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Four select concert bands will be featured in performance at this historic concert venue. Continue reading