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Composer of the Month

John Philip Sousa

Stars and Stripes Forever, played by the U.S. Marine Band



Washington Post March



The Thunderer, performed by a marching band. Notice how their feet move in time with the beat.



Marches in classical music:

Notice how these marches are different from the Sousa marches (that were written for band performances) and from each other. What is similar?

"Turkish March" by Beethoven
(orchestral version)


(piano arrangement)


Funeral March from Sonata in B flat minor by Chopin


Wedding March from Midsummer's Night's Dream by Mendelssohn


Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar (often used at graduations as the graduates march in)


Radetzky March by J. Strauss


March of the Toreadors from Carmen by Bizet


March of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev


Scott Joplin and Ragtime Music

Maple Leaf Rag - played by Joplin on a piano roll.


The Entertainer



Sostenuto Pedal - La cathedrale engloutie by C. Debussy


Appaloosa Pony composed by Martha Mier, performed by Hannah Kim


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