Music: Bandmasters Change

Wonderful to behold, tremendous to hear is a military band—as every schoolboy knows to his marrow. Oldest and most famed of all such U. S. bands is the U. S. Marine Band. Founded in 1798, the "Marines" have played at every inauguration since Thomas Jefferson's day. Glorious in scarlet uniforms, the band plays Hail to the Chief every time the President appears at a big state shindig.

Since 1800, the band has also given concerts. In the 18905, when John Philip Sousa headed it, the U. S. Marine Band became one of the best in...

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