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John Philip Sousa‘s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is the official US march. Sousa was a Marine. Here’s a good article about Sousa and the Marine Band:

http://www.marineband.marines....y/John-Philip-Sousa/

And here’s the Marine Band performing the march (love that piccolo solo!):

https://youtu.be/a-7XWhyvIpE



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That was great, thanks for posting!

When I lived in DC we used to enjoy going to the free military band concerts at DAR Hall, steps of Congress, etc. I was in the Coast Guard Recruit Band (cymbals) Smile .

I few things I noticed, all positive:

The snare drummer is using the matched grip.
There is a pretty even balance of men and women in the band.
All the piccolo players are women.
All the percussionists are men.
 
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Sousa, himself, speaking and leading his band playing Stars and Stripes Forever in 1929:


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Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
-- H L Mencken

I always prefer reality when I can figure out what it is.
-- JALLEN 10/18/18
 
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Sousa was also a very accomplished trap shooter.
 
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