It was established by an Act of Congress in 1798, and garnered its title from Thomas Jefferson.
No, it's not the Declaration of Independence-it's the President's Own Marine Band.
And the band is coming to Sacramento for a free concert.
This Marine band, one of the oldest professional musical organizations in the U.S., will appear at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium on October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The event is being sponsored by the Sacramento Community Concert Association.
The accomplished ensemble was created to fulfill a very specific and unique mission: to provide music for the President and the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.
Never mind the fact that President Obama probably doesn't have the band anywhere on his ipod. Or does he?
But, hey, listening to this band is a U.S. tradition. And the musicianship is top-notch.
Most band members are graduates of the nation's finest music schools, and nearly 60 percent of its players hold advanced degrees in music.
And that's not a bad ratio for any free concert...
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16
WHERE: Memorial Auditorium, 1500 J Street, Sacramento
TICKETS: Free, but tickets are required. Requests are limited to 4 tickets.
Tickets can be acquired at the Community Center Theater box office at 1301 L St., Sacramento
INFORMATION: (916) 974-1357 or www.saccca.org