Saturday, October 26, 2013

Esprit de Corps

Esprit de Corps by Robert Jager was commissioned by the United States Marine Corps Band, Colonel John R. Bourgeois, conductor. The march is based on “The Marines Hymn” and is a tribute to the Marine Band and the Corps. It is a lively and superbly crafted march: dramatic, solemn, inspirational and fast (“tempo di Bourgeois”). About this piece, Jager writes: “The composer intends that this work should display the fervor and virtuosity of the Marine Band and the musical spirit and integrity of their conductor.” (Source: JRO and published score.)