United States Marine Band Participates in Presidential Inauguration

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will participate in the Inauguration of the President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021.
     While seated directly beneath the platform, the Marine Band provides music for the inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol to include “Hail to the Chief” after newly sworn-in President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office.
     Thomas Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C. An accomplished musician himself, he is credited with giving the Marine Band its nickname “The President’s Own.”

The Marine Band can serve as a source for the following topics:

  • Marine Band Director Colonel Jason K. Fettig is the music adviser to the White House. He provides musical insight for events such as Inaugurations, State Dinners and Arrivals, and other White House functions. This is the sixth inaugural he has participated in, and his second as the Director. 
  • Marine Band members hail from more than 30 states and Washington, D.C., and can speak about their individual experiences both for the 2021 and previous inaugurations. Some members have participated as far back as the Clinton administration. 
  • Marine Band Historian Master Sgt. Kira Wharton can provide anecdotes about “The President’s Own” and its relationship with the presidents throughout its 222-year histo