Dallas Wind Symphony: John Phillip Sousa
This website, sponsored by the Dallas Wind Symphony, features all of the works of John Phillips Sousa – most famous for his 136 marches, particularly, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the official march of the United States of America. If you’re not certain you know the music, a friendly ClickScholar writes in to remind us that, “It’s that famous song. You know, ‘Be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s mo-o-other…’” :)
When you get to the site, you’ll see a You Tube screen – and if you click on it, you can watch a video of President George W. Bush conducting the U.S. Marine Band playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” at a White House correspondents’ dinner. It’s a real winner… don’t miss it!
Sousa was a man of many talents. Scroll down the page (below the You Tube video) and you can download for free – two novels that Sousa wrote and an operetta. You can also read descendent-approved biographical information and primary source accounts of Sousa’s life and work.
Below that, look for the “Complete Works of Sousa” and click on it to see a comprehensive listing of Sousa’s work along with sound clips from many of his original recordings with his actual band.
As MaryAnna commented, “The music alone is really worth the visit.”
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