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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion: May 27, 2023 (Memorial Day)

This edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion airs somber and contemplative music in recognition of Memorial Day. Featured will be three funeral marches by John Philip Sousa and a requiem by Julius Fucik.

During March, for each of the past 10 years, the U.S. Marine Band has held its own version of March Madness, called March Mania. Instead of a contest about basketball, this contest concerns the most popular march by John Philip Sousa. This year’s winner was “The Honored Dead,” composed by Sousa in 1876 and published that year as a piano arrangement. When President Ulysses S. Grant died in 1885, Sousa arranged the piece for band, apparently at the publisher’s request. The march has rarely been performed, but the U.S. Marine Band did perform the march for John Philip Sousa’s funeral procession. This composition is suitably somber and contemplative music for Memorial Day.

  1. Honored Dead (1876)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa Military Marches, Vol. 1
      
  2. In Memoriam (President Garfield's Funeral, 1881)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa Military Marches, Vol. 1
      
  3. Golden Star (1919)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa Military Marches, Vol 5
      
  4. Battle Cry of Freedom (1862)
    Composer:  George F. Root (1820-1895)
    Performer:  Gramercy Brass
    Album:  American Anthems
      
  5. Lincoln Portrait
    Composer:  Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Performer:  U.S. Coast Guard Band, narrated by Walter Cronkite
    Album:  Americana
      
  6. Requiem: Introitus
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Tirol
    Album:  Trauer-Trost-Hoffnung
      
  7. Requiem: Dies Irae
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Tirol
    Album:  Trauer-Trost-Hoffnung
      
  8. Requiem: Sanctus
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Tirol
    Album:  Trauer-Trost-Hoffnung
      
  9. Requiem: Benedictus
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Tirol
    Album:  Trauer-Trost-Hoffnung
      
  10. Requiem: Agnus Dei
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Tirol
    Album:  Trauer-Trost-Hoffnung
      
  11. America the Beautiful
    Composer:  Samuel Augustus Ward (1848-1903), arranged by Carmen Dragon (1914-1984)
    Performer:  U.S. Coast Guard Band
    Album:  Americana
Born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1951, John moved to Huntsville in 1975, where he worked for a communications training firm. From 1997 to 2022, John worked for the Lanier Ford law firm. During his tenure, He served as Lanier Ford's law librarian, marketing specialist, trainer, and professional recruiter. While in college and law school, John worked in professional radio in Starkville and Oxford, Mississippi.