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John Philip Sousa

November 6, 1854 - March 6, 1932
born in Washington D.C., composed during the Romantic period
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) was an American composer and band leader whose name is almost synonymous with marches. Trained in music in his youth and educated in the Marine Corps Band, Sousa composed his first march at 16. Throughout his career, he was renowned for his rousing patriotic marches, such as The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Washington Post, and The Liberty Bell. But Sousa was also successful as a composer of operettas, including El Capitan and The Bride Elect. With the Sousa Band, he toured around the world to great critical acclaim and received honors from heads of state. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Track List: Sousa 3

Title: The Fairest Of The Fair, March For Band
Title: Hands Across The Sea, March For Band
Title: The Diplomat, March For Band
Title: The Rifle Regiment, March For Band
Title: The Occidental, March For Band
Title: Riders For The Flag, March For Band
Title: Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty, March For Band
Title: The High School Cadets, March For Band
Title: Boy Scouts Of America March, March For Band
Title: The Picador, March For Band
Title: The Directorate, March For Band
Title: The Black Horse Troop, March For Band
Title: Nobles Of The Mystic Shrine, March For Band
Title: The Beau Ideal, March For Band
Title: The Belle Of Chicago, March For Band
Title: The Corcoran Cadets, March For Band
Title: The National Game, March For Band
Title: The Loyal Legion, March For Band
Title: The Liberty Bell, March For Band
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Track List: Sousa Original II / United States Marine Band

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Track List: Sousa Original / United States Marine Band

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Track List: Fennell Conducts Sousa [Hybrid SACD]

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Track List: John Philip Sousa: Music For Wind Band, Vol. 3

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Track List: John Philip Sousa: Music For Wind Band, Vol. 6

Comments

hgreenm
Even though the Marines like to claim Sousa as their own, during World War I he served as an officer in the US Naval Reserve. Also, Sousa didn't write a bass drum score to his music. However, he did add a special bass drum accent to such songs as The Washington Post and Simper Fidelis. Many scores omit Sousa's bass drum accent.
liesel.neuba u e r
Band
hgreenm
It was Sousa marches that lead to the imperialisti c conquest of Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the Philippines during the Spanish American War. My favorite Nobles of the Mystic Shrine by Sousa.
Movie: Stars and Stripes Forever (1952); Clifton Webb Played Sousa.
Was a movie ever made of Sousa's life?
historyboy8
I love to listen to Sousa while doing yard work and I feel sad that I did not get the opportunity to play any of his marches.
I love listening to this while exercising in the morning!
army 101st infantry 1987-1991 I love Sousa!
Semper Fidelis!
What a great station to listen to today- Happy Veteran's Day!
1156035694
Veterans Day Thanks to the men and women who so gallantly served Freedom is still our right.
I had a great, great uncle, last name was Onion he played in the John Philip Sousa's band so I am told>
Marines. the few, the proud
How can I make Pandora play longer than 10 minutes?
"THE MARCH KING" Wonderful music
adlcusmc
@dirtblockcr e e p e r they way you said is an army thing not the way Marines do it!
Marches and marches ... Happy memorial day !!!
Ductos Exemplo Oorah.
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake
Thanks for reminding me and I don't mean to correct you but it's "Hooah"
Good evening everyone. United States Marine Corps Birthday -- Semper Fidelis. November 10, 2012. Oooorah!
rjlprech
Thank you for letting us hear more of this wonderful music. I played the sousaphone for eight years in public schools. (E flat and double B flat both) The attached address is my wife's email. She also played the trombone and we love this band music.
aquarnsb
Oh, an Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps this week!!
aquarnsb
I am a Marine Mom of two and a retired Navy Nurse. I LOVE Sousa. 'Even enjoyed playing these marches in highschool band on the clarinet. You fingers REALLY have to fly though....an y t i m e is a good time for Sousa!
I'm a Poud Fomer Sailor and love a good Sousa march and when I was busy stating the Viet Nam war the ship I was on had a lot of helicopters and good Marine friends. Interservice rivilries are a fun game but we,re all invested in the price of freedom and the first person to help out was a Marine and he you. Semper Fi my Jar Head Friend. DMB
cassie.soren s o n 9
Great Quote! Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July -2012
Great quote. Best regards your proud Marine son. Thank him for our : life , liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

From a Proud Former Marine.
jncompton2
looks like I ran out of room. contining quote miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself!
jncompton2
memorial day 2012 and my son is a proud Marine, he is overseas now. May God bless them all! John Stuart Mill once said, I'm going to paraphase, because I won't get it quite right, war is an ugly thing, but not the ugliset of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patrriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing more important than his personal safety is a miserable creature and has no
Happy New Year - 2012 Semper Fidelis.
United States Marine Corps Birthday - Thursday November 10, 2011 --Happy Birthday All Marines. Semper Fidelis!
Great martial music keeps your spirits up! Semper Fidelis.
mbs297
Great American Music by a great American.
From La Mesa, California's very own Mighty Helix Highlander Band: REGIMENTS OF THE ROYAL HIGHLANDER BAND: PIPES AND DRUMS! BY THE CENTER! READY, MARCH! (Fanfare, bagpipe entrance, and The Gladiator March).
great music by a great composer!!!! !
The 4th of July is drawing closer. God Bless America and the United States Marine Corps!
Don't you just love the - Stars and Stripes Forever - God Bless America!
sousa's da man
Semper Fidelis, is one of the greatest marches ever written. Once a Marine always a Marine. Semper Fi!
peregrinesil a s
In regards to Charles Dain, I actually looked to see what Monty Python said in regards to Liberty Bell, and they actually chose it because it was publicly available without a need for copyright. They also felt the bell helped provide a more "serious" tone while the rest was completely random to the show. Before they used it, the British and Canadian senior infantry regiments used the song for marches which I also found interesting. .
I normally like Monty Python, But I am very upset with them for using a bastardized version of this great song(Liberty Bell) as their theme.
johnp.jones3
THERE WAS A 78 RPM DISK THAT PLAYED BAND MUSIC WITH WORDS TO THEM. PLAYED THEM EVERY MORNING ,THE BOYS AND MYSELF ENJOYED THEM-GAVE IT AN EXTRA PUMP. JP (WOULD LIKE TO GET ONE. johnp.jones3 @ y a h o o . c o m . thanks)
The "Thunderer" - this rendition is a collectors item. One doesn't often hear that good old tinny sound. Brings back United States Marine Corps memories. Que it up in digital.
ahjr
I'm with docdglobal-v o c h o
You betcha!
Gotta love the March King....He's the best! Love his works!
In the 60's every 4th of July my concert band played Sousa marches for the seniors at a nursing home in Illinois. They loved it! Kept asking us to play them again. Only in America!
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. God Bless America and the United States Marine Corps.
vickiroyce
Happy Birthday America. May God Richly Bless you. John Phillip Sousa is the epidimy of patriotic music to me.
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