The White House Easter Egg Roll Keeps on Rolling

The Marine Band, founded in 1798, is the oldest continuously active professional musical organization in the country(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chris Dobbs)
The Marine Band, founded in 1798, is the oldest continuously active professional musical organization in the country(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chris Dobbs)

The Marine Band will perform at 9 a.m., Monday, April 5 at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Tickets were distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878.

In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison invited John Philip Sousa and the Marine Band to perform during the celebration. In 1928, Sousa wrote a special piece in honor of the annual occasion titled “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn.”

“It’s a lot of fun seeing the schoolchildren enjoying the camaraderie and games as they experience the day in such a historic setting,” said clarinetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Willett. “I always look forward to when we play Irving Berlin’s ‘Easter Parade,’ signaling the arrival of the President and First Lady. That’s a very exciting moment for all in attendance.”

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