Celebrating 200 years of performances at the White House, the United States Marine Band entertained President and Mrs. Bush and PBS viewers nationwide in a performance broadcast in September 2001. The evening was hosted by Gerald McRaney and Larry Gatlin and featured performance be recording artists Nell Carter and Toby Keith.
Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization. Its primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Whether in its White House performances (more than 300 a year), public concerts or national tours, the music of the Marine Band is the music of America.
"The President's Own" marked the 36th In Performance at the White House production.
President and Mrs. Clinton welcomed host Della Reese, legendary artist B.B. King, blues prodigy Jonny Lang, Piedmont blues duo John Cephas & Phil Wiggins, and piano great Marcia Ball to "Legends of the Blues: In Performance at the White House".
This was the second In Performance at the White House that WETA, in association with NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, produced in High Definition Television (HDTV). The first program, also broadcast on PBS in 1999, was "The Singer and the Song,".