Many different studies have been done regarding the past and present
Presidents of the United States. Some have tried to link certain characteristics
to be similar from various Presidents like that many of them reached the Eagle
Scout ranking in the Boy Scouts or that the taller one tends to win in the
overall election of a President. This one will talk about the many musical
abilities among the former United States Presidents and which ones played the
concert flute and what one performed a number on his alto saxophone several
times during his presidency. Could being musically talented be another one of
those common traits that Presidents have to link them to one another?
One of our earliest presidents named Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd
President and is best known for drafting the Declaration of Independence as well
as his important role in the Louisiana Purchase. He was said to be very
musically inclined and played several different instruments which were the
cello, clavichord and the violin. The 6th president of the United States, John
Quincy Adams, who held that political office and lived from 1767-1848 was best
known for forming the Monroe Doctrine but a little known fact about him was that
he enjoyed playing the flute and was known to be quite good at it.
Another player of the violin was the 28th President of the United States,
Woodrow Wilson. He lived from 1856- 1924 and was the creator of the League of
Nations. Our 33rd president, Harry Truman, who served as President near the end
of World War II, played the piano. He was quite a talented pianist and often
played to entertain important political figures that were visiting. Another
piano playing President was President Nixon who was the 37th President and is
best known for the Watergate Scandal. In addition to the piano, Nixon also
played the accordion and did so often for his children.
The most recent President to have shown his love for music and his ability
at playing an instrument was the 42nd President, Bill Clinton. Other than John
F. Kennedy he was the youngest elected President who was only in his 30's. He is
an enormous jazz and blues fan and played the saxophone. He played all through
high school and never stopped saying that it was one of his favorite pastimes.
During his presidential campaign in 1992 he went on the Arsenio Hall Show and
played Heartbreak Hotel on his saxophone wearing his sunglasses. Until then he
was behind in the polls and many people believe that this helped him gain
popularity and move on to win the Presidential seat. In later years, he
auctioned off his saxophone for $180,000 to support Aids research.
Music is just another hobby that many Americans enjoy and apparently, many
Presidents of the United States enjoyed doing as well. It proved that they had
other talents besides being intelligent public servants and something that many
people in the US probably didn't realize about them.
Connor R. Sullivan bought his daughter a
from an online music store. His daughter who is musically gifted can also play