The White House Easter Egg Roll Keeps on Rolling
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 â€œEaster Monday on the White House Lawn.â€
â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun seeing the schoolchildren enjoying the camaraderie and games as they experience the day in such a historic setting,â€ said clarinetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Willett. â€œI always look forward to when we play Irving Berlinâ€™s â€˜Easter Parade,â€™ signaling the arrival of the President and First Lady. Thatâ€™s a very exciting moment for all in attendance.â€