Friday, September 23, 2011

Good Bye to Sousa Week

We finish up Sousa Week today with this picture of the old bandmaster waving us good bye. I have enjoyed the pictures this week, and enjoyed the music.

I have decided to NOT have a week on secret societies and diabolical organizations. I got in a lot of trouble yesterday just "mentioning" the freemasons. While I would love to blow the lid off secret societies and reveal spectacular conspiracies, I do not feel it would be wise to do so at this time.

So, we finish up with this stirring march from Sousa.


  1. great pictures this week , how about early invention pictures like a 10 ton portable PC.

  2. Earlier in the week I mentioned Sousa's medals that he wore.
    I didn't dig to deep.
    He is seen wearing 3 of them in the photos. I could not find out to much about them, but did find out that he had received 11 medals.
    One of them was givien to him by the Queen of England.
    He did perform all over the world, (he put on over 60,000 miles during one tour) so maybe they were given to him by the heads of states were he performed.

  3. I don't know if the first marches were originally supposed to be waltzes, but Sousa certainly found his niche. His music can certainly rouse the blood even now.

  4. I, for one, am glad you have decided not to blow open the door on secret societies and diabolical organizations. When I was working, I worked with several people who never met a conspiracy theory they didn't like. While I am sure some conspiracy theories have basis in fact, I firmly believe most do not! Looking forward to another good week on OPD.

  5. Been gone for a week and I am catching up on the photos and music. This was a good week. Please--go ahead with the secret societies and evil doers. Sounds interesting and informative. How else will we know if you do not tell us? lam

  6. Can't wait to find out what you do choose. :)

  7. Have loved the marches this week. I played in the jr. high, high school and jr. college bands so this really brought back the sounds!
    I never could remember the names except for Stars and Stripes Forever - that was our jr. high song. "The blue and the white over all, the students of LJHS."

  8. My Grandmother Kuhns saw Lt. Commander Sousa, USNR conduct the USMC band in a performance of The Stars and Stripes Forever! (Sousa insisted the ! always be included) in 1917. Perhaps the very concert depicted in the photo you published earlier this week.
    We played that march at Grandma's funeral as we rolled her casket out of the funeral home.
    The French, naturally, do not use the English title but I can not object to their title of "Marche Americaine."