Hail to the Chief
Since Thomas Jefferson's election to the White House over two hundred years ago, The United States Marine Band has been known as "The President's Own." Presidents throughout history have recognized and admired the unique legacy and service of these exceptional musicians. Hail to the Chief traces the rich musical history of the Marine Band and pays tribute to its service to the President. The album features a personal, spoken-word tribute by the late President Reagan, as well as narrative excerpts from the inaugural addresses of FDR, JFK, Truman and Eisenhower.
"Whether serenading Adams and Jefferson, accompanying Lincoln to Gettysburg, or performing here at the White House,the Marine Band has become an institution and a national treasure"
- Ronald Reagan