The United States Marine Band
is the premier band
of the United States Marine Corps
. Established by act of Congress
on July 11, 1798, it is the oldest of the United States military bands
and the oldest professional musical organization in the United States
. Today, the Marine Band also includes the Marine Chamber Orchestra and Marine Chamber Ensembles.
The Marine Band is entirely separate from its sister military band, the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps "The Commandant's Own"
and the 12 active duty
Marine Corps field bands.
The Marine Band is uniquely known as "The President's Own"
because of its historic connection to the President of the United States
. The relationship between the Marine Band and the White House
began on New Year's Day
1801, when President John Adams
invited the band to perform at the Executive Mansion. Later that year, Thomas Jefferson
initiated the tradition of Marine Band performances by requesting that it perform at his inauguration. The Marine Band has played at every United States presidential inauguration
Today, the Marine Band performs in approximately 500 events every year including state funerals
, state arrival ceremonies
, state dinners
, parades, concerts, and other social events. The Marine Band also travels across the country each October and November during its fall concert tour, a tradition that began in 1891 under its most famous director, composer John Philip Sousa
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