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During its first two centuries, the Marine Band has had more than two dozen directors. Each leader has contributed to the recognition and appreciation of "The President's Own" through their original band compositions, orchestral transcriptions, and programming. Directors serve as music advisor to the White House and traditionally are selected from within the band's membership. As the Sousa baton is a symbol of his dedication, leadership, and vision is passed to an incoming Director, so too is passed 200 years of history and tradition.

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