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Duke Ellington and Richard Nixon at the Steinway piano in the East Room (1969).

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum/NARA

The White House is known by most people as the home and office of the President of the United States, but this famous residence also serves as a stage for American culture, particularly music. From John Adams, its first resident, to modern day presidents, musical performance of all kinds have enhanced life in the Executive Mansion. Learn about the connection between the White House and the United States Marine Band, the inspiration for the song "Hail to the Chief," and more by exploring the history of music at the White House.

Anywhere Activity: Musical Art