United States Marine Band

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The United States Marine Band is the premier band of the United States Marine Corps.wikipedia
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United States Marine Corps

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The United States Marine Band is the premier band of the United States Marine Corps.
The Marine Band, dubbed the "President's Own" by Thomas Jefferson, provides music for state functions at the White House.

United States military bands

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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.
The oldest extant United States military band is the United States Marine Corps Band, formed in 1798 and known by the moniker "The President's Own".

United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps

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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 10 active duty Marine Corps field bands.
The D&B is entirely separate from its sister military band, the United States Marine Band ("The President's Own") as well as the 10 active-duty United States Marine Corps field bands.

State funerals in the United States

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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.
Dirges were played by the United States Marine Band during the funeral procession to the Congressional Cemetery where interment occurred.

John Philip Sousa

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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.
His father enlisted him in the United States Marine Band as an apprentice in 1868.

State visits to the United States

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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.

Sara Sheffield

In 2005, Sara Sheffield became the first female feature vocalist in the band's history.
Sara Sheffield is an American singer and marine who, in 2005, became the first female feature vocalist in the history of the United States Marine Band.

State dinner

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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.
After the informal reception in the Yellow Oval Room, the president and the foreign head of state, followed by the first lady and the foreign head of state's spouse, descend the Grand Staircase to the Entrance Hall on the state floor where they are met by the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own".

United States Marine Corps rank insignia

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The 'President's Own' band members start at the rank of Staff Sergeant, and wear rank insignia with a lyre replacing the normal crossed rifles.
Musicians in the United States Marine Band wear insignia with lyre in the center as opposed to the crossed rifles, to denote their lack of a combat mission; full-service Marines who are attached to the 10 field bands of the Operating Forces and Supporting Establishment continue to wear their normal rank insignia.

United States presidential inauguration

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The Marine Band has played at every United States presidential inauguration since.
Immediately afterwards, the United States Marine Band will perform four ruffles and flourishes, followed by Hail, Columbia. Unlike the presidential oath, however, the Constitution does not specify specific words that must be spoken.

Francesco Maria Scala

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After the retirement of Drum Major Raphael Triay in 1855, then-Fife Major Francis Scala became Drum Major.
He was the first and one of the most important and influential directors of United States Marine Corps Band (USMC Band).

Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

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It is also home to the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps ("The Commandant's Own") and the U.S. Marine Band ("The President's Own").

Albert F. Schoepper

When Albert F. Schoepper was appointed as Director in 1955, a second Assistant Director was added to the Marine Band leadership.
Albert F. Schoepper (October 22, 1913 – July 29, 1997) was leader of the United States Marine Band and White House music consultant from 1955 to 1972.

John Philip Sousa Baton

The John Philip Sousa Baton is a conducting baton considered the symbol of the authority of the directorate of the United States Marine Band "The President's Own".

Marines' Hymn

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Smith (the second leader of the United States Marine Band) traces the tune:

Semper Fidelis (march)

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Sousa composed several of his finest marches, including Semper Fidelis, while serving as director of the Marine Band.
However, a flood destroyed many Marine Corps records, even those documenting Sousa's rank as leader of the United States Marine Corps Band; an order designating it as an official march could have been lost.

Bearskin

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The Drum Major's uniform is unique; he wears a bearskin headpiece and carries a ceremonial mace used to signal commands to the musicians.
Bands whose drum majors are authorized to wear the bearskin cap include the United States Air Force Band, the United States Army Band, United States Army Field Band, United States Coast Guard Band, United States Marine Band, the United States Navy Band, bands of the service academies, and a variety of other divisional and fleet bands.

Act of Congress

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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.

Active duty

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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 10 active duty Marine Corps field bands. Selected band members serve under a four-year contract as active duty enlisted Marines and are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and physical standards.

White House

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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.

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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.

Thomas Jefferson

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Later that year, Thomas Jefferson initiated the tradition of Marine Band performances by requesting that it perform at his inauguration.

Audition

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The Marine Band recruits experienced musicians; members are selected through a rigorous audition procedure and must satisfy additional security and physical requirements to be eligible.

Enlisted rank

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Selected band members serve under a four-year contract as active duty enlisted Marines and are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and physical standards.

Uniform Code of Military Justice

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Selected band members serve under a four-year contract as active duty enlisted Marines and are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and physical standards.