WASHINGTON, D.C. - This weekend's Opening Act is "The President's Own United States Marine Band.
On July 11, 1789, President John Adams signed an Act of Congress establishing the United States Marine Band.
The U.S. Marine Band is the only musical unit that bears the title “The President’s Own” and whose mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The Marine Band has participated in every Presidential Inaugural since Thomas Jefferson’s in 1801. Inauguration includes a swearing-in ceremony and a parade, as well as other smaller celebrations and festivities throughout the afternoon and evening. The Marine Band is positioned at the Inaugural platform for the President’s swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol and a 99-piece band marches in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
The band also performs at Inaugural Balls following the official ceremony and parade. Celebrations are typically divided by state and held at hotels and in large public spaces throughout Washington, D.C.
Friday Evening Parades are held at Marine Barracks Washington May through August. This one hour and fifteen minute performance of music and precision marching features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. The ceremony begins at 8:45 p.m., with a concert by the United States Marine Band.