Albert Gamse - Hail to the chief

First performance: 22/03/1977


Bruce played it 24 times as a snippet:
The snippet was always played on piano by Roy Bittan.

2009-05-18 Verizon Center, Washington

1984-10-28 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1984-10-26 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1984-09-21 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh
1984-09-07 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
1984-08-20 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford
1984-08-19 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford
1984-08-09 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford
1984-08-08 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford
1984-08-05 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford
1984-07-31 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
1984-07-30 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
1984-07-15 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1980-11-15 Summit (The), Houston
1980-11-08 Reunion Arena, Dallas
1980-11-03 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1980-11-01 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1980-10-30 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1980-10-28 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland
1980-10-27 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland
1980-10-25 Memorial Coliseum, Portland
1977-03-23 Music Hall, Boston
1977-03-22 Music Hall, Boston
1999-09-03 MCI Center, Washington
Soundchecked at full before the show and played during "Light Of Day" as a snippet


"Hail to the Chief" is the official Presidential Anthem of the United States. The song's playing accompanies the appearance of the President of the United States at many public events. For major official occasions, the United States Marine Band and other military ensembles are generally the performers, so directives of the United States Department of Defense have, since 1954, been the main basis for according it official status. It is preceded by four ruffles and flourishes when played for the President. The song is also played during a former President's state funeral. The song is in the public domain. Verses from Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake, including "The Boat Song" ("Hail to the Chief") with which the clan welcomes the arrival by boat of their chieftain Roderick Dhu, were set to music around 1812 by the songwriter James Sanderson (c. 1769 – c. 1841); a self-taught English violinist and the conductor of the Surrey Theatre, London, who wrote many songs for local theatrical productions during the 1790s and the early years of the 19th  century: Association with the President first occurred in 1815, when it was played to honor both George Washington and the end of the War of 1812 (under the name "Wreaths for the Chieftain"). On July 4, 1828, the U.S. Marine Band performed the song at a ceremony for the formal opening of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which was attended by President John Quincy Adams. Andrew Jackson was the first living President to have the song used to honor his position in 1829, and it was played at Martin Van Buren's inauguration in 1837. Julia Tyler, second wife of John Tyler, requested its use to announce the arrival of the President. Her successor as First Lady, Sarah Childress Polk, encouraged its regular use in this manner after it was used at James Polk's inauguration; William Seale says, "Polk was not an impressive figure, so some announcement was necessary to avoid the embarrassment of his entering a crowded room unnoticed. At large affairs the band ... rolled the drums as they played the march ... and a way was cleared for the President." Under the term of Harry Truman the Department of Defense made it the official tribute to the President.

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist


Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call

Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander
This you will do, that's our strong, firm belief
Hail to the one we selected as commander
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief