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United States Marine Band

The United States Marine Band, also known by the moniker "The President's Own," is an organization of about 160 members, 130 of whom are musicians. The USMB also includes the Marine Chamber Orchestra, various Marine chamber ensembles, the Marine Jazz Orchestra, and the country music offshoot Free Country. These ensembles typically perform in more than 500 concert events each year, including at the White House, Pentagon ceremonies, state funerals, and various other government and public events. Not surprisingly, the number of musicians appearing at an event can vary widely, with some performances featuring as few as two or three members, and others, like the spectacular displays put on for presidential inaugurations typically involving about 100 players. Band members serve at least four years, some as long as 20 or more. Though they are members of the United States Marines, they do not receive basic training or most other military training. Repertory is obviously broad, taking in John Philip Sousa and other American composers, as well as Hindemith, Prokofiev, Ives, Stravinsky, and, via transcription, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, and a host of others.

The United States Marine Band was founded in accordance with a July 11, 1798, act of Congress. It is thus not only the oldest American military band, but the oldest professional American musical organization. Although the USMB made its debut on August 21, 1800, its first major concert was given at the White House at the invitation of President John Adams on January 1, 1801. The ensemble also played for the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson that year (March 4) and has played for every presidential inauguration since.

There have been 27 directors of the USMB up through 2007, the first being William Farr and the most famous, the 14th, composer Sousa, who led the group from 1880-1892. He is generally credited with building the ensemble into the finest American band of its time. Other famous directors include: John R. Bourgeois (1979-1996), Timothy W. Foley (1996-2004), and Michael J. Colburn (2004-).

On May 17, 1922, the USMB appeared on its first radio broadcast and thereafter gave frequent performances over the airwaves. Over the years the ensemble grew in prominence and expanded in size, making numerous recordings and appearing at countless televised events. Its recordings are made available on the USMB's own label and from Naxos, Albany Records, Musical Heritage Society, and others. ~ Robert Cummings
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Not Sousa: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 1

Composer: Edwin Eugene Bagley
Title: National Emblem, March For Orchestra (or Band)

1. National Emblem, March For Orchestra (or Band): National Emblem

Composer: Carl Teike
Title: Old Comrades (Alte Kameraden), March For Band (Or Orchestra)

2. Old Comrades (Alte Kameraden), March For Band (Or Orchestra): Old Comrades

Composer: Julius Fucik
Title: Work(s)

3. Work(s): Entry Of The Gladiators / Thunder And Blazes

Composer: Johann Strauss I
Title: Radetzky-marsch, For Orchestra, Op. 228

4. Radetzky-marsch, For Orchestra, Op. 228: Radetzky Marsch

Composer: Alex F. Lithgow
Title: Invercargill, March For Band

5. Invercargill, March For Band: Invercargill March - Alex F. Lithgow

Composer: Johannes Hanssen
Title: Valdres March For Band (or Orchestra)

6. Valdres March For Band (or Orchestra): Valdres - Johannes Hanssen

Composer: Karl L. King
Title: Purple Pageant, For Band

7. Purple Pageant, For Band: Purple Pageant - Karl King

Composer: Henry Fillmore
Title: Rolling Thunder For Band

8. Rolling Thunder For Band: Rolling Thunder - Henry Fillmore

Composer: Davide delle Cese
Title: Inglesina (Little English Girl), Symphonic March For Band

9. Inglesina (Little English Girl), Symphonic March For Band: Inglesina - Davide Delle Cese

Composer: William Walton
Title: Crown Imperial, Coronation March For Orchestra

10. Crown Imperial, Coronation March For Orchestra: Coronation March, Crown Imperial

Composer: Kenneth J. Alford
Title: H. M. Jollies For Orchestra/band

11. H. M. Jollies For Orchestra/band: H. M. Jollies - Kenneth Alford

Composer: Edwin Franko Goldman
Title: The Chimes Of Liberty, For Band

12. The Chimes Of Liberty, For Band: The Chimes Of Liberty

Composer: Pierre Leemans
Title: Belgian Paratroopers For Orchestra

13. Belgian Paratroopers For Orchestra: March Of The Belgian Parachutists - Peter Leemans

Composer: Louis Ganne
Title: Le Père La Victoire, March For Band

14. Le Père La Victoire, March For Band: Father Of Victory - Louis Ganne

Composer: William Paris Chambers
Title: The Boys Of The Old Brigade, March For Band

15. The Boys Of The Old Brigade, March For Band: The Boys Of The Old Brigade

Composer: Charles S. Belsterling
Title: March Of The Steel Men

16. March Of The Steel Men: March Of The Steelmen - Charles Belsterling

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Track List: Sousa, Vol. 4

1. A Century Of Progess, March For Band: A Century Of Progress

2. The Atlantic City Pageant March, March For Band: Atlantic City Pageant

4. The Glory Of The Yankee Navy, March For Band: The Glory Of The Yankee Navy

5. March Of The Mitten Men (Power And Glory), March For Band: March Of The Mitten Men

6. The Minnesota March, March For Band: Minnesota March

7. The Northern Pines, March For Band: Northern Pines

8. Our Flirtation, March For Band: Our Flirtation

9. The Pride Of The Wolverines, March For Band: The Pride Of The Wolverines

10. Solid Men To The Front!, March For Band: Solid Men To The Front

11. The White Rose, March For Band: The White Rose

12. Bullets And Bayonets, March For Band: Bullets And Bayonets

13. Tales Of A Traveler, Suite For Band: In The Land Of The Golden Fleece

14. The Pathfinder Of Panama, March For Band: Pathfinder Of Panama

15. Liberty Loan, March For Band: Liberty Loan

16. Peaches & Cream, Foxtrot For Band: Peaches & Cream

17. National Fencibles, March For Band: National Fencibles

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Track List: Sousa 3

Title: The Fairest Of The Fair, March For Band

1. The Fairest Of The Fair, March For Band: Fairest Of The Fair

Title: Hands Across The Sea, March For Band

2. Hands Across The Sea, March For Band: Hands Across The Sea

Title: The Diplomat, March For Band

3. The Diplomat, March For Band: The Diplomat

Title: The Rifle Regiment, March For Band

4. The Rifle Regiment, March For Band: The Rifle Regiment

Title: The Occidental, March For Band

5. The Occidental, March For Band: The Occidental

Title: Riders For The Flag, March For Band

6. Riders For The Flag, March For Band: Riders For The Flag

Title: Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty, March For Band

7. Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty, March For Band: Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty

Title: The High School Cadets, March For Band

8. The High School Cadets, March For Band: The High School Cadets

Title: Boy Scouts Of America March, March For Band

9. Boy Scouts Of America March, March For Band: Boy Scouts Of America

Title: The Picador, March For Band

10. The Picador, March For Band: The Picador

Title: The Directorate, March For Band

11. The Directorate, March For Band: The Directorate

Title: The Black Horse Troop, March For Band

12. The Black Horse Troop, March For Band: The Black Horse Troop

Title: Nobles Of The Mystic Shrine, March For Band

13. Nobles Of The Mystic Shrine, March For Band: The Nobles Of The Mystic Shrine

Title: The Beau Ideal, March For Band

14. The Beau Ideal, March For Band: The Beau Ideal

Title: The Belle Of Chicago, March For Band

15. The Belle Of Chicago, March For Band: The Belle Of Chicago

Title: The Corcoran Cadets, March For Band

16. The Corcoran Cadets, March For Band: The Corcoran Cadets

Title: The National Game, March For Band

17. The National Game, March For Band: The National Game

Title: The Loyal Legion, March For Band

18. The Loyal Legion, March For Band: The Loyal Legion

Title: The Liberty Bell, March For Band

19. The Liberty Bell, March For Band: The Liberty Bell (1988 Recording)

20. The Liberty Bell, March For Band: The Liberty Bell (1894 Historical Recording)

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Track List: Sousa's Greatest Hits

1. The Stars And Stripes Forever, March For Band: The Stars And Stripes Forever

2. The Bride Elect March, March For Band: The Bride Elect

3. Semper Fidelis, March For Band: Semper Fidelis

4. King Cotton, March For Band: King Cotton

5. Sound Off!, March For Band: Sound Off

6. The Washington Post, March For Band: The Washington Post March (1980)

7. The Gladiator, March For Band: The Gladiator

8. National Fencibles, March For Band: National Fencibles

9. Jack Tar, March For Band: Jack Tar

10. The Thunderer, March For Band: The Thunderer

11. Saber And Spurs, March For Band: Sabre And Spurs

12. The Royal Welch Fusiliers (No. 2), March For Band: The Royal Welsh Fusiliers

13. El Capitan, March For Band: El Capitan

14. The Gridiron Club, March For Band: The Gridiron Club

15. Manhattan Beach, March For Band: Manhattan Beach

16. The Man Behind The Gun, March For Band: Man Behind The Gun

17. The Invincible Eagle, March For Band: The Invincible Eagle

18. The Gallant Seventh, March For Band: The Gallant Seventh

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Track List: Sousa Original II / United States Marine Band

Title: The Stars And Stripes Forever, March For Band

1. The Stars And Stripes Forever, March For Band: The Stars And Stripes Forever

Title: Chris And The Wonderful Lamp, Operetta

2. Chris And The Wonderful Lamp, Operetta: The Man Behind The Gun

Title: The Bride Elect, Operetta In 3 Acts

3. The Bride Elect, Operetta In 3 Acts: The Bride Elect

Title: La Reine De La Mer Valses, Waltz For Band

4. La Reine De La Mer Valses, Waltz For Band: Waltzes

Title: Sound Off!, March For Band

5. Sound Off!, March For Band: Sound Off

Title: The Royal Welch Fusiliers (No. 2), March For Band

6. The Royal Welch Fusiliers (No. 2), March For Band: The Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Title: Looking Upward, Suite For Band

7. Looking Upward, Suite For Band: By The Light Of The Polar Star

8. Looking Upward, Suite For Band: Beneath The Southern Cross

9. Looking Upward, Suite For Band: Mars And Venus

Title: The Gallant Seventh, March For Band

10. The Gallant Seventh, March For Band: The Gallant Seventh

Title: The Thunderer, March For Band

11. The Thunderer, March For Band: The Thunderer

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Track List: Sousa Original / United States Marine Band

Title: Semper Fidelis, March For Band

1. Semper Fidelis, March For Band: Semper Fidelis

Title: Presidential Polonaise, Polonaise For Band

2. Presidential Polonaise, Polonaise For Band: Presidential Polonaise

Title: Manhattan Beach, March For Band

3. Manhattan Beach, March For Band: Manhattan Beach

Title: Comrades Of The Legion, March For Band

4. Comrades Of The Legion, March For Band: Comrades Of The Legion March

Title: Saber And Spurs, March For Band

5. Saber And Spurs, March For Band: Sabre And Spurs

Title: The Gridiron Club, March For Band

6. The Gridiron Club, March For Band: The Gridiron Club

Title: King Cotton, March For Band

7. King Cotton, March For Band: King Cotton

Title: Easter Monday On The White House Lawn (from Tales Of A Traveler), For Band

8. Easter Monday On The White House Lawn (from Tales Of A Traveler), For Band: Easter Monday On The White House Lawn

Title: Who's Who In Navy Blue, March For Band

9. Who's Who In Navy Blue, March For Band: Who's Who In The Navy Blue March

Title: The Invincible Eagle, March For Band

10. The Invincible Eagle, March For Band: The Invincible Eagle

Title: Looking Upward, Suite For Band

11. Looking Upward, Suite For Band: Mars And Venus

Title: The Washington Post, March For Band

12. The Washington Post, March For Band: The Washington Post March (1980)

13. The Washington Post, March For Band: The Washington Post March (1988)

Comments

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glitzanium88
I rather liked the album title and art. I too have been guilty of hearing a Sousa-struct u r e d march and having no idea that it's not Sousa. Still love Sousa and got this on a radio station based off him.
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scobb147
My kind of music. Real spirit and
soul.
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Please delete
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jmaccormack3
The Anti-Sousa title is great! There are a number of better march composers.
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Aside from the Anti-Sousa title, one of my personally favorite albums on pandora!!!! Keep up the good MUSIC
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iret1
I like this album, and I understand the Not Sousa title. I wish they hadn't used the Not Allowed symbol for the record art. I doubt that any of these composers or players would shun Sousa.

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