[ EMI American Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Saturday 20 November 2010
Born in Washington DC in 1854, John Philip Sousa was enlisted by his father, a trombonist in the marine band, as an apprentice in the US Marine Corps. After years as a military bandmaster he later formed his own band. Although Sousa wrote many songs and other pieces, it is as a composer of Marches that he is known to us today and, indeed, he wrote a great many of them.
Some Sousa marches are among the best known in the repertoire - who doesn't know The Stars and Stripes Forever and The Liberty Bell (the signature tune for Monty Python's Flying Circus). Here we have a generous selection of Sousa Marches played by a Great American band.
Gallant and Gay We'll March Away / Let's Hurrah!
Pathfinder of Panama
El Capitan March
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co.
The Gliding Girl
Foshay Tower Washington Memorial
Who's Who In Navy Blue
The Liberty Bell
With Steady Step
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Sabre and Spurs (March of the American Cavalry)
La Reine de la Mer - waltzes
George Washington Bicentennial March
The Fairest of the Fair
Here's To Your Health, Sir!