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United States Marine Band

The United States Marine Band, also known by the moniker "The President's Own," is an organization of about 160 members, 130 of whom are musicians. The USMB also includes the Marine Chamber Orchestra, various Marine chamber ensembles, the Marine Jazz Orchestra, and the country music offshoot Free Country. These ensembles typically perform in more than 500 concert events each year, including at the White House, Pentagon ceremonies, state funerals, and various other government and public events. Not surprisingly, the number of musicians appearing at an event can vary widely, with some performances featuring as few as two or three members, and others, like the spectacular displays put on for presidential inaugurations typically involving about 100 players. Band members serve at least four years, some as long as 20 or more. Though they are members of the United States Marines, they do not receive basic training or most other military training. Repertory is obviously broad, taking in John Philip Sousa and other American composers, as well as Hindemith, Prokofiev, Ives, Stravinsky, and, via transcription, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, and a host of others.

The United States Marine Band was founded in accordance with a July 11, 1798, act of Congress. It is thus not only the oldest American military band, but the oldest professional American musical organization. Although the USMB made its debut on August 21, 1800, its first major concert was given at the White House at the invitation of President John Adams on January 1, 1801. The ensemble also played for the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson that year (March 4) and has played for every presidential inauguration since.

There have been 27 directors of the USMB up through 2007, the first being William Farr and the most famous, the 14th, composer Sousa, who led the group from 1880-1892. He is generally credited with building the ensemble into the finest American band of its time. Other famous directors include: John R. Bourgeois (1979-1996), Timothy W. Foley (1996-2004), and Michael J. Colburn (2004-).

On May 17, 1922, the USMB appeared on its first radio broadcast and thereafter gave frequent performances over the airwaves. Over the years the ensemble grew in prominence and expanded in size, making numerous recordings and appearing at countless televised events. Its recordings are made available on the USMB's own label and from Naxos, Albany Records, Musical Heritage Society, and others. ~ Robert Cummings, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Not Sousa: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 1

Composer: Edwin Eugene Bagley
Title: National Emblem, March For Orchestra (or Band)
Composer: Carl Teike
Title: Old Comrades (Alte Kameraden), March For Band (Or Orchestra)
Composer: Julius Fucik
Title: Work(s)
Composer: Johann Strauss I
Title: Radetzky-marsch, For Orchestra, Op. 228
Composer: Alex F. Lithgow
Title: Invercargill, March For Band
Composer: Johannes Hanssen
Title: Valdres March For Band (or Orchestra)
Composer: Karl L. King
Title: Purple Pageant, For Band
Composer: Henry Fillmore
Title: Rolling Thunder For Band
Composer: Davide delle Cese
Title: Inglesina (Little English Girl), Symphonic March For Band
Composer: William Walton
Title: Crown Imperial, Coronation March For Orchestra
Composer: Kenneth J. Alford
Title: H. M. Jollies For Orchestra/band
Composer: Edwin Franko Goldman
Title: The Chimes Of Liberty, For Band
Composer: Pierre Leemans
Title: Belgian Paratroopers For Orchestra
Composer: Louis Ganne
Title: Le Père La Victoire, March For Band
Composer: William Paris Chambers
Title: The Boys Of The Old Brigade, March For Band
Composer: Charles S. Belsterling
Title: March Of The Steel Men
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Track List: Sousa 3

Title: The Fairest Of The Fair, March For Band
Title: Hands Across The Sea, March For Band
Title: The Diplomat, March For Band
Title: The Rifle Regiment, March For Band
Title: The Occidental, March For Band
Title: Riders For The Flag, March For Band
Title: Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty, March For Band
Title: The High School Cadets, March For Band
Title: Boy Scouts Of America March, March For Band
Title: The Picador, March For Band
Title: The Directorate, March For Band
Title: The Black Horse Troop, March For Band
Title: Nobles Of The Mystic Shrine, March For Band
Title: The Beau Ideal, March For Band
Title: The Belle Of Chicago, March For Band
Title: The Corcoran Cadets, March For Band
Title: The National Game, March For Band
Title: The Loyal Legion, March For Band
Title: The Liberty Bell, March For Band
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Track List: Sousa Original II / United States Marine Band

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Track List: Sousa Original / United States Marine Band

Comments

My kind of music. Real spirit and
soul.
Please delete
jmaccormack3
The Anti-Sousa title is great! There are a number of better march composers.
Aside from the Anti-Sousa title, one of my personally favorite albums on pandora!!!! Keep up the good MUSIC
iret1
I like this album, and I understand the Not Sousa title. I wish they hadn't used the Not Allowed symbol for the record art. I doubt that any of these composers or players would shun Sousa.

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