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April 8, 2014

National Archives Welcomes "The Presidentís Own" May 1

Washington, DC…On Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts a very special performance of members of the Marine Chamber Orchestra. The event will be webcast live on the National Archives UStream channel [http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives].

Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, "The Presidentís Own" consists of the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra and is Americaís oldest continuously active professional musical organization. The organization is uniquely known as "The President's Own" because of its historic connection to the President of the United States

The relationship between the Marine Band and the White House began on New Year's Day 1801, when President John Adams invited the band to perform at the Executive Mansion. Tonightís performance will include music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Rodgers, and others.

This public program is free and no advance registration is required. It will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of the program, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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