Marine Band and the Presidents. The United States Marine Band was established by an Act of Congress signed by President John Adams on July 1. The Marine Band is the only musical organization whose primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States.
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Early Years. When the nation’s capital moved from Philadelphia to Washington, the Marine Band came with the President and made camp . The Marine Band presented its first public concert in Washington on August 2. White House Debut. Every President of the United States except George Washington has heard the music of the Marine Band. The Marine Band made its White House debut on New Year’s Day 1.
President and Mrs. Since that time, the Marine Band has furnished music for every Chief Executive at official functions at the White House and for other State occasions.
Inaugural Debut. On March 4, 1. Marine Band performed for Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural and has performed for every Presidential inaugural since that time. Jefferson has been referred to as the . Margaret Baynard Smith, wife of the publisher of the National Intelligencer, wrote in a letter to her sister, . Music under the Madisons became a vital element of their hospitality. The Marine Band played frequently at various events as it did on New Year’s Day in 1.
Catherine Mitchell: . President John Quincy Adams arose and proposed to him the first toast in the White House. President Adams was responsible for another major change in White House social customs when he brought dancing to the White House on December 1. Marine Band. Possibly derived from an old Gaelic air, .
It appears in a gallant boating scene honoring the highland chieftain, Sir Roderick Dhu. The song was already very popular when the Marine Band played it at the ground- breaking of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on July 4, 1. On March 4, 1. 82. Marine Band performed at the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson, the first inaugural ceremony held on the U.
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S. Formal outdoor concerts on the U. S. Capitol grounds, a tradition carried on today during the summer months, began in the early to mid- 1. President William Henry Harrison died one month after his inauguration, and the Marine Band led his funeral cortege on April 4, 1. Scholars credit two First Ladies with introducing the use of .
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Julia Tyler, the young second wife of President John Tyler, was an amateur musician and composer. President Tyler, who served as president from 1. White House. It was at these parties and receptions that some scholars believe Julia Tyler asked the Marine Band to announce the president's arrival by performing . Polk, president from 1. To avoid his embarrassment, First Lady Sarah Polk reportedly asked the Marine Band to announce him. The date of the earliest use of ruffles and flourishes as musical honors for the president of the United States is unknown.
A Navy regulation of 1. In 1. 89. 3 a regulation stated that the president would receive four ruffles and flourishes. The practice of preceding . This was documented by the president's military aide, T. A. Bingham, who described the White House dinner honoring Commodore George Dewey, hero of the Spanish- American War. In 1. 85. 4 President Franklin Pierce approved legislation allowing the band extra pay for playing . Crook, describes the scene at the ball following Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration in 1.
It mentions that the ball was held in a temporary wooden structure on Judiciary Square with music by the Marine Band. During the Civil War, the band continued its tradition of outdoor concerts on the South Lawn and in Lafayette Park. The Marine Band also accompanied Lincoln to Pennsylvania when he delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address. As the nation rebuilt from the war years, White House receptions resumed.
Marine Band leader Francis Scala noted in his memoirs that both President and Mrs. Andrew Johnson supported and helped the organization immeasurably. Johnson sent me a bouquet, and in return I dedicated a march to her. Grant administration, the Marine Band’s mission to provide music for the president became more visible than ever before. It played for all the galas, receptions, banquets, and serenades, as well as the wedding of the Grants’ 1.
Nellie, on May 2. During the Grant administration the Marine Band also performed for the first official visit of a Head of State to our nation with the visit of King Kalakaua of Hawaii on December 1. During the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes, the annual Easter Egg Roll moved to the White House grounds where it has remained ever since. As with all other official events, music was provided by the Marine Band. John Philip Sousa.
In 1. 88. 0, the Marine Band’s most well- known leader, John Philip Sousa, took command of the band. Sousa himself stated, . During Chester Arthur’s administration, Sousa was questioned by the President about the music that the Marine Band had played as he went into dinner. It was chosen many years ago largely because of its name. Sousa’s Presidential Polonaise was used for a time but never fully replaced .
One of the most significant social events under Sousa was the wedding of Grover Cleveland to Frances Folsom on June 2, 1. Cleveland was the only President ever to be married in the White House, and all of Washington thronged outside the mansion, craning their necks to see and hear. First Marine Band Concert Tour. The growing fame of the Marine Band led John Philip Sousa to ask permission of President Benjamin Harrison to take the Marine Band on tour. When the President granted permission, Sousa and the Marine Band began the first concert tour in April 1. Marine Band concert tours have continued annually except for brief periods during time of war.
In recognition of the Marine Band’s unique role as . Marine Band Plays Jazz for Alice Roosevelt. The Marine Band has always performed music to suit the tastes of each Chief Executive, their families, and guests. From the earliest days, the Marine Band’s repertoire has included popular and patriotic music as well as classical music and operatic selections. In many cases, the Marine Band was responsible for introducing music from the latest operas either before or very soon after their American premi. Music of Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, and others was performed by request at the White House long before it became well- known to concert audiences.
In one case, Sousa performed selections from Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana at the White House before the opera had received its American premi. This tradition was delightfully illustrated when President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice requested that the band perform Scott Joplin’s new . In 1. 90. 6 the Marine Band provided a very different kind of music for Miss Roosevelt when it performed for her wedding.
This was the fourth White House wedding, all conducted to the accompaniment of the Marine Band. Harding brought to the White House a lifelong love of band music, having played in bands all his life. Harding told friends that he had, at one time or another, played every instrument in the band except the trombone and the E- flat cornet.
Harding’s biographer, Willis F. Johnson, recorded that Harding’s love of bands was such that he was known to have picked up an instrument occasionally and joined the Marine Band during its rehearsals at the White House. During the 1. 92. State Dinners, and other social functions at the White House which had been discontinued during World War I, were revived.
The outdoor Marine Band concerts were also resumed at this time. When President Calvin Coolidge was unable to attend a special Marine Band concert in 1.
President sent flowers and a personal note that read in part: The Marine Band has earned for itself a unique place in the affections of the American people, and of all branches of the national defense service. It has not only made a nationally important contribution by popularizing the best music but by generosity and apparently untiring devotion to its art has won for itself a particularly high place in public regard. Roosevelt in 1. 93. Due to the illness of the President, the 1. White House portico, and records show that the ceremony took only 1. Elise Kirk, author of Music at the White House, notes, . It played for every important State Dinner, reception, birthday, debut, anniversary, and holiday celebration at the White House and for numerous ceremonies within the capital and beyond.
Despite a pouring rain, FDR and Churchill sat through the concert, and Churchill sang . President Harry Truman’s love of music and the piano are well known. He wrote in a letter, . Marine Band is not only a most attractive ceremonial institution but musically eloquent and highly professional as well. Through the years it has been a source of comfort and pleasure to the occupant of the White House.
Kennedy’s personal affection for the Marine Band was expressed when he remarked, . They are the only forces I have. But I want to announce that we propose to hold the White House against all odds. Kennedy’s request, the Marine Band led the President’s funeral procession as it had for other fallen leaders. Under President Lyndon Johnson, the Marine Band often provided the accompaniment for White House shows and for famous entertainers.
The Marine Band also played for Lynda Johnson’s marriage to Charles Robb at the White House on December 9, 1. Reflecting on her years in the White House the former First Lady wrote, . Lyndon and I were deeply proud to present them as a national showcase to visitors from home and abroad. In 1. 97. 0, President Nixon took the Marine Chamber Orchestra to Yugoslavia to provide music during a dinner and reception given for Yugoslavian President Tito.
And in 1. 97. 4 a string ensemble from the Marine Band accompanied President Nixon to the Soviet Union to provide music for a dinner hosted by the President.