The Great American Main Street Band, Timothy Foley
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This is the sixth release in EMI's American Classics series, a series devoted to releasing the Company's extensive catalogue of American music of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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!
The Pathfinder of Panama
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
The Gliding Girl (Tango)
Foshay Tower Washington Memorial
Who's Who In Navy Blue
The Presidential Pofonaise
The Liberty Bell
With Steady Step
The Stars And Stripes Forever!
Sabre and Spurs
La Reine de la Mer (Vaises)
George Washington Bicentennial
With Pleasure (Dance Hilarious)
The Fairest of the Fair
Here's To Your Health, Sir!
The Washington Post
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