Peter Boyer Fanfare Commission for
Biden Presidential Inauguration

Washington, D.C., January 18, 2021 - American composer Peter Boyer has been commissioned by the United States Marine Band to compose a special fanfare to be performed at the Inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, at the U.S. Capitol on January 20.

Boyer’s new work, Fanfare for Tomorrow, will be performed as part of the one-hour Prelude music of the Inauguration, conducted by the Marine Band’s Director, Colonel Jason K. Fettig.

The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active musical organization, is believed to have made its inaugural debut in 1801 for Thomas Jefferson, the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C., and to have performed at all subsequent Presidential Inaugurations. The Marine Band previously commissioned Boyer to compose a work for their 220th anniversary in 2018, and this superb ensemble has performed his music nearly 25 times, including on their 2018 and 2019 tours.
Fanfare for Tomorrow began as a brief piece for solo French horn, originally commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra last year, as part of their Fanfare Project in response to the pandemic. Boyer significantly expanded and developed that music for a full concert band for this commission.

Boyer stated, “In these extraordinarily challenging days for our country, I am grateful for this opportunity to contribute some optimistic music to an historic occasion, at which Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office as the next President and Vice President of the United States. This commission represents one of the greatest honors of my life as an American composer.”
About Peter Boyer
Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation. His works have received over 500 public performances by more than 200 orchestras, and thousands of broadcasts by classical radio stations around the United States and abroad. He has conducted recordings of his music with three of the world’s finest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received commissions from several of the most esteemed American institutions and ensembles, including the Kennedy Center for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and the United States Marine Band. Other orchestras which have performed his music include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Boyer’s Grammy-nominated work Ellis Island: The Dream of America, for actors and orchestra, has become one of the most performed American orchestral works of the last 15 years, with over 200 performances by more than 100 orchestras since its 2002 premiere. A performance of Ellis Island with the Pacific Symphony was televised nationally in 2018 on PBS’ Great Performances, America’s preeminent performing arts television series. In 2019, Boyer received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of the most prestigious American awards.

In addition to his work for the concert hall, Boyer is active in the film and television music industry. He has contributed orchestrations to more than 35 feature film scores from all the major movie studios, for leading Hollywood composers including James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, Aaron Zigman, and the late James Horner. Boyer has composed scores for The History Channel, arranged music for Academy Awards telecasts, and his music has appeared in short films, documentary films, and various television programs. He holds the Helen M. Smith Chair in Music at Claremont Graduate University. More information can be found at

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