A group of talented South Jersey musicians are heading for Washington, D.C. this weekend to play at the famed Kennedy Center.

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble will perform to an audience of over 1,200 spectators during the 3rd annual Sousa Band Festival in the main concert hall of the historic John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. at 2pm Sunday, March 12.

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble was one of five concert bands selected by Music Celebrations International.

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary season, is a 65 member band composed of professional casino musicians, music teachers, and college graduates who have maintained high musical standards since playing in their college bands.

The Kennedy Center program for this exclusive music event will emphasize the life and influence of John Philip Sousa, “The March King,” on the American Band movement.  SJAWE will be playing two Sousa works, one entitled Atlantic City Pageant March and The Wolverine.

They will also perform A Movement for Rosa by Mark Camphouse, Seapower Fanfare by Jerry Brubaker andRiften Wed by Julie Giroux. The band is under the direction of Keith W. Hodgson assisted by Ron Poorman and Jennifer Poorman Hodgson.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for entrance.  Tickets can be reserved in advance athttp://sousabandfestival.org/tickets/.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world-renowned arts complex on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. It opened in 1971 as a living memorial to the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

It is often referred to as the “National Center for the Performing Arts,” serving as the home of the National Symphony, Washington Ballet, Washington National Opera, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.