Thursday, September 11, 2008

The U.S. Marine Band Used for Worship Service Music

There is an interesting little article on the Library of Congress web site that documents one of the few times The U.S. Marine Band ("The President's Own") did not do a superior job! This is from around 1798.

Hymns Played at Congressional Church Service
According to Margaret Bayard Smith, a regular at church services in the Capitol, the Marine Band "made quite a dazzling appearance in the gallery . . . but in their attempts to accompany the psalm-singing of the congregation, they completely failed and after a while, the practice was discontinued."

Learn more at the Library of Congress

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