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Esprit de Corps

Robert Jager, composer

Esprit de Corps is the second Robert Jager work commissioned by the United States Marine Band (the first being Tableau). Based on The Marine’s Hymn, Esprit De Corps is a kind of fantasy march, as well as a tribute to the United States Marine Band and a salute to the Marine Corps in general. Full of energy and drama, the composition has both solemn and light moments. While Esprit De Corps is a tribute to the Marine Band, it is also a display piece for any fine group of band musicians.

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Esprit de Corps is the second Robert Jager work commissioned by the United States Marine Band (the first being Tableau). Based on the Marine’s Hymn, Esprit de Corps is a kind of fantasy-march, as well as a tribute to the United States Marine Band. It is also the composer’s salute to the Marine Corps in general. Full of energy and drama, the composition has its solemn moments and its lighter moments. 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 (now retired), Colonel John R. Bourgeois.

—published score

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