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‘The President’s Own’ play at Marine Corps museum at Quantico

QUANTICO, Va. — The “President’s Own” Marine Corps Band had the night off from performing at the White House and came to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

The band that plays for presidents played a free show in front of a packed crowd inside Leatherneck Hall. Underneath hanging airplanes, the band played traditional Christmas carols, five movements from Nutcracker Suite, a piece of the “Polar Express” movie soundtrack, and a sing-along with audience members helped to ring in the Christmas Spirit.

This year marked the third time the President’s Own played during the Christmas season at the Marine Museum. When not at the White House, the band can be performing throughout the year at venues like Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus, as well as locations in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Gingerbread cookies, cupcakes, and cake lollipops were sold at a concession stand before the start of the show. The hot apple cider quickly ran out, but there was plenty of eggnogs — regular and alcoholic versions — to go around.

Those who didn’t get a seat on the floor of the gallery went to the second floor of the museum to watch from a balcony. Others went to the top of the gallery’s observation deck for a birds-eye view of the concert.

The show lasted about an hour and a half, starting a 7:30 p.m. and wrapping up about 9 p.m.

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