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MarchKing.Com was started in 2005 as an effort to promote my own marches but in early 2007 I enlarged the site to include
links of all the other marches I found available on the Internet. It's strictly a non-profit endeavor because
I love march music, and I'd like to share this with everyone who feels the thrill and excitement
of a good march!
I'm not a career musician but played in the 82nd Division Army Band during WWII
and attended Cincinnati Conservatory for one year after leaving the service. During
that time I studied with one of Sousa's solo cornet players, Frank "Doc" Simon, an experience I will never forget.
in 1961-64 while I was a member of the North American Aviation Band in Columbus Ohio, I had discussions with Paul Bierley while he was working on Sousa's biography and I picked up many tidbits concerning march
music. I appreciate any comments you may have.. jB
How can professional brass players play fresh for
hours on end without hurting their lips?
What march by a famous composer is sometimes considered a song instead
of a march?
Ans: The Golden Star by Sousa is not listed as one of his marches
because it is a slow tempo. (about 70 beats per second) It is generally listed as a song while others consider
it a slow march. The controversy stems from the fact it was written and dedicated to the son of Theodore Roosevelt
who died in the war.
Whats the story behind
Sousa's composition known as his "Mystery March?"
Sousa's march known as his "mystery march" has perhaps the interesting history of all his marches. In the
fall of 1929 Sousa had just finished a march named for a Texas school, but due to an unexpected call to play at the dedication
of a new building in Minneapolis fashioned after the Washington Monument, built for magnate W.B. Foshay, Sousa quickly took
the Texas school march and named it Foshay Tower March to use at the Minneapolis dedication.
After using the new march at the dedication and playing it several times, Sousa discovered that Foshay had been accused of
criminal misconduct, so he shelved the march and never played it again or had it published. He subsequently wrote another
march for the Texas school called Daughters of Texas, but the original march written for Foshay was not head from again
and its existence and name remained a mystery to the general public until it was discovered again in 1965. Sousa.s daughter
then permitted the march to be re-premiered by the Marine Band in 1976 and later published under Sousa's renamed
title for the Foshay building.
Who Wrote The Most Marches?
H.L. Blankenburg (German) 1876-1936, is probably
the most prolific writer of march music. He is credited with writing an average one or more new marches every week for years.
He had a total officially of 1328 but the actual number may never be known. His marches have been accused of sounding
somewhat alike but when you write that many marches it is understandable. His most famous marches were The Gladiators Farewell
(1907) and Action Front (1912). One of the things he did very well was write Baritone counter melodies.
have been many composers credited with writing over 100 marches. American composers include Sousa, witrh around 130, Filmore
113+, and King 188+, and James Fulton 140+. Of course these composers wrote many other pieces of music and
the number of marches written does not indicate the quality of the music.
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