Marine Forces Reserve
Public Affairs Office
4400 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70146-5400
(504) 678-6539/Fax (504) 678-6549
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2009
MARINE FORCES RESERVE BAND PRESENTS “ROBERT W.
SMITH: COMPOSER OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE”
NEW ORLEANS – The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of the Marine Forces Reserve Band will be
performing a concert at the St. Louis Cathedral on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Highlighting this performance will be various works of Robert W. Smith. Smith is one of the
most popular and prolific composers of concert band and orchestral literature in America today.
Smith’s more than 600 publications include many compositions and productions in all areas of
the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless
military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada,
Europe, Australia, South America and Asia.
The program will also contain many patriotic favorites suitable for all ages and musical tastes.
The concert is FREE and open to the public with doors opening one hour before show time. The
cathedral seats between 750 and 800 people, and all non-reserved seating will be offered on a
first-come, first-served basis.
As one of the city’s most notable landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral has stood as a quiet witness to
the city’s rich history.
“The band is especially excited about this concert,” said Master Sgt. Kevin Hunter, Bandmaster
and New Orleans native. “So much of the New Orleans story has been written and experienced
around this icon. I can think of no better setting in which to perform.”
Under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Smith, this unforgettable evening of
music will feature the band’s full strength of 53 Marine musicians.
This unique musical unit remains both tactically and technically proficient in all areas of military
study in keeping with the adage “every Marine a rifleman.” The band travels in excess of 75,000
miles annually, entertaining more than six million audience members throughout the United
For additional information about Robert W. Smith, please visit www.robertwsmith.com.
For addition information about the Marine Forces Reserve Band, please visit
www.mfr.usmc.mil/MFRHQ/Band/Default.asp or contact Staff Sgt. Seth A. Gehman at the
Marine Forces Reserve Band Public Affairs Office at (504) 678-0956 or email@example.com.