National Geographic : 1959 Dec
Pelted by rain that spots their uniforms. bandsmen play a "surprise" serenade on New Year's morning for the Marine Corps Commandant and his wife. Gen. and Mrs. Randolph Pate. They listen from a door way trimmed for the Christmas holidays. Bandsmen Greet the Pates in a Historic House Since Civil War times the band has serenaded the Comman dant. whose 154-year-old home at the Marine Barracks is one of the oldest official residences in Washington. Lt. Col. Albert Schoepper, the band's director, joins the general in the receiv ing line for the musicians fol lowing the concert. Staff in the corner carries the Marines' Battle Color, whose streamers represent every decoration and campaign ribbon earned by the Corps in its 184-year history. KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERVOLKMARWENTZEL© N.G.S.