"The last five years of my 20 years of service were spent with "The President's Own", the United States Marine Band. This was a period that is still very dear to my heart. My tenure as Chief Arranger was a memorable one, encompassing a spirit and musical climate that was both supportive and inspirational. For more than two hundred years this band has been the keeper of a grand and venerable tradition." - excerpt from Sammy Nestico's The Gift of Music.

"SIMPLY SAMMY", an event orchestrated by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band with Lt. Col. Michael J. Colburn directing, Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus.