Monday, September 19, 2011

Sousa Marching

Sousa was famous for writing "marches", so I thought it would be interesting to show a picture of him marching. I would bet the band behind him was playing one of his inspiring pieces.

One of the neat parts of Sousa Week is that we will not only look at pictures of him, but we will also be able to listen to his music. Here, for your enjoyment is "Stars and Stripes Forever". This recording is particularly poignant, in that the rendition is by Sousa's band, directed by him. Also, the piece is introduced by Sousa in his own voice.


  1. Sousa wrote "The Dauntless Battalion" for my Alma mater Pennsylvania Military COllege

  2. Ahhhh. Wonderful, PJM. Thanks for a great upcoming week.

  3. A person doesn't realize how much work goes into writing a score like that.
    He has to write a sheet for each instrument separately. Like the flute the drums each brass instrument and so on. They each seem to play a different tune and have to meld together to form a great tune.
    I just about got up and started to march around the room.
    Thank you for your Sousa week, almost forgot how much I loved his music.

  4. I teach line dancing to senior citizens and on the 4th of July and Veterans Day we dance to patriotic music and Stars and Stripes is one of the songs.

    Love those marches.

  5. I'm loving John Philip Sousa Week already! Thanks so much PJM!

    Mr. Sousa and his band made their radio debut on WCAE (now WTAE), in Pittsburgh, Pa., under the charge of Frances Gibbons Doherr, who is thought to be the first female radio station manager in the United States. She was station manager from 1928-1930. The station was owned and operated by Gimbel Brothers Department Store, Pittsburgh.

    In the county where I live there is a History Museum that houses a piano used by Mr. Sousa to compose many of his marches.

  6. Great week. Memories from the USA.

  7. Every year my Mom and Dad would pack me and my sisters in the car to go see Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Every concert had a John Phillips Sousa piece. Those recordings are great.
    Before you all get too happy about Opera week ending need I remind you that 67%, (silent majority) voted to continue with the Opera till the end of last week. I'm just sayin.
    I too have followed EAM's work through her blog but am guilty of not commenting. I'll make sure to send a hello. Have a nice week all.

  8. This piece took me back to my younger days at Texas A&M where we marched regularly to "Stars and Stripes forever". It speaks richly of our past and thia record is a real tribute to Sousa. Thanks, PJM.

  9. Sousa week is great! I think yesterday's audio "Semper Fidelis" is the quintessential marching song. I can't help but envisioning American G.I.'s on parade. Today's "Stars and Stripes Forever" is great as well but my childhood has conditioned me to expect a vintage Popeye cartoon. One of the good ones made during WW2.


  10. Back in the early '60's, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops came to my High School for one of our assemblies. I do not remember everything they played, but I do remember they played SandS Forever. It is easily the only assembly I remember from High School.

    Thanks for a wonderful week!

  11. This music gave me a fresh idea of what to put on the envelope of letters I send to the troops.