Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Dallas Wind Symphony: John Phillip Sousa

This website is sponsored by the Dallas Wind Symphony, that features all of the works of John Phillips Sousa. He is most famous for his 136 marches, particularly, "Stars and Stripes Forever," the official march of the United States of America.

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.

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.

The music alone is really worth the visit.

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