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John Philip Sousa Marches

Sousa Marches

Happy Canada Day (Canada, July 1)
Happy Independence Day (USA, July 4)
and Happy Bastille Day (France, July 14)

The dust has been blown away from this disk to be played every July for almost 50 years. Long associated with militaries and circuses, yuck. Instead, let's enjoy parades, marching bands, cotton candy, and smiling kids with sparklers.
Sousa Marches
as composed and orchestrated
by John Philip Sousa
played by the Pride of the '48 Band

[P-4800 Somerset circa 1957; 160kbps]
[also released in UK and Canada]

"This high fidelity concert of John Philip Sousa band marches represents in repertoire that which is generally considered the best of the composer's works.

"As the name Strauss is synonymous with the waltz, so is the name Sousa synonymous with march music. It may even be said that Sousa is internationally accepted as the march king.

"He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1856, the son of a trombonist in the U.S. Marine Corps Band. At the age of 17 he was a well-schooled musician with a thorough training in harmony and composition. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps Band in 1880 and resigned in 1892 to form a military band bearing his name. The band was a tremendous success and toured extensively in the United States and Europe. The great composer and bandmaster died in 1932 while on tour."    - from the sleeve notes

:: download compressed zip file 32.5MB ::

Track 01 - Stars & Stripes Forever
Track 02 - Washington Post March
Track 03 - King Cotton March
Track 04 - Fairest of the Fair
Track 05 - El Capitan
Track 06 - Thunderers March
Track 07 - Semper Fidelis
Track 08 - Manhattan Beach March
Track 09 - Liberty Bell March
Track 10 - Hands Across the Sea