Concert Band Working Up “Sousa!”
Perhaps it's the unusually warm weather in the midst of February. Perhaps it's just that the band loves marches. Whatever it is, the New Horizons Concert Band is working up a fabulous suite of Sousa marches. Simply titled, Sousa!," this medley of marches was arranged by Warren Barker, which he calls "A Modern Tribute to the World's March King."
John Philip Soua was born November 6, 1854 in Washington DC. He was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King." Sousa began his career playing violin and studying music theory and composition. His father enlisted him in the United States Marine Band as an apprentice in 1868. After departing the band in 1875, Sousa learned to conduct. From 1880 until his death, he focused exclusively on conducting and the writing of music. He eventually rejoined the Marine Band and served there for 12 years as director. On leaving the Marine Band, Sousa organized his own band. He toured Europe and Australia and developed the sousaphone, a large brass instrument similar to the tuba. On the outbreak of World War I, Sousa was commissioned as a lieutenant and led the Naval Reserve Band in Illinois. Following his tenure, he returned to conduct the Sousa Band until his death in 1932.
Give a listen to Sousa! as performed by the US Air Force Band of Flight: Sousa!
[Excerpted and edited from Wikipedia]