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THE UNITED STATES MARINE BAND : "The President's Own," Audio & Visual Exhibit
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John Philip Sousa


John Philip Sousa, Director (1880-1892), brought world fame to "The President's Own." While the organization was already considered a national institution,Sousa's dynamic leadership transformed the Marine Band's repertoire, emphasized symphonic music, changed the instrumentation, and made rehearsals exceptionally strict. He conducted the band's first sound recordings, initiated its first national concert tour, and began to write the marches that earned him international acclaim and the title "The March King." Sousa continued composing and conducting until his death in 1932. He left America a treasured musical legacy of marches that, as columnist Hugh Sidey noted, ". . . say more about liberty than a dozen orators."



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U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Intro
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Origins & Traditions
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Hail to the Chief
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Music as Diplomacy
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / John Philip Sousa
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Musicians
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / The Directors
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / Musical Airs
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / In Performance
U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own" / The President's Own

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