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THE UNITED STATES MARINE BAND : "The President's Own," Audio & Visual Exhibit
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Hail to the Chief


Hail to the Chief, with its preceding fanfare Ruffles and Flourishes, is Traditionally played to announce the arrival of the president at state functions. Derived from an old Gaelic air, Hail to the Chief was used in James Sanderson's musical play of 1812, The Lady of the Lake. The song was already very popular when the Marine Band played it from a barge for the opening of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on July 4,1828, in the presence of President John Quincy Adams. The band honors the president with Hail to the Chief hundreds of times a year at ceremonial and diplomatic events.



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U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Intro
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Origins & Traditions
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Hail to the Chief
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Music as Diplomacy
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / John Philip Sousa
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Musicians
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / The Directors
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Musical Airs
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / In Performance
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / The President's Own

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