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Hail to the Chief

A great album combining historical and patriotic songs.


This collection has all of the patriotic songs, expressions, and speeches you would ever want to own or just listen to. If you are looking for a collection that has it all, this is the one.


WOW. If you are a music educator or military band enthusiast, this CD is a definite "must have" addition to your collection. The recordings are remarkably clean, including the historic 1921 track of the "Maple Leaf Rag." I must admit that the "historic" 1814 arrangement of the "Star-Spangled Banner" caught me off guard, and may take a few repetitions for the listener to truly appreciate it. Woven into the fabric of the recording are some clips from past presidential speeches, including a dedication to the Marine Band by the late President Reagan. Unlike other recordings of band music, I feel that these spoken-word tracks add a great deal of context around the title theme "Hail to the Chief." Kudos! Despite what the tracks may say, I really enjoyed the CD and think the Marine Band is a great GREAT ensemble. I guess I'm a little too nit-picky for my own good! I wrote them with a conductor's ear and hopefully you find them interesting.


Formed: July 11, 1798 in Washington DC

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '/0s, '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

The United States Marine Band, also known by the moniker "The President's Own," is an organization of about 160 members, 130 of whom are musicians. The USMB also includes the Marine Chamber Orchestra, various Marine chamber ensembles, the Marine Jazz Orchestra, and the country music offshoot Free Country. These ensembles typically perform more than 500 concert events each year, including at the White House, Pentagon ceremonies, state funerals, and various other government and public events. Not surprisingly,...
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