Shannon Rovers to play at White House

March 17, 2009 9:36:31 AM PDT
These are busy days for Chicago's famed pipe-and-drum band, the Shannon Rovers.On Saturday, as usual, the Rovers led the downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade. On Sunday, they were in the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade on Western Avenue.

And then on Tuesday, members of the Rovers will play for the first time inside the White House as guests of President Barack Obama. But because of previous commitments, only six pipers and three drummers will get to go.

The Shannon Rovers were founded in 1926 and first attracted wide attention when they played at Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition in 1933. A short time later, they played for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. They've also played for every president since John F. Kennedy.