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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion: July 1, 2023 (Independence Day)

This edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion features patriotic music. You will hear historical patriotic music, such as “Hail Columbia,” once considered the unofficial national anthem of the United States. It was composed in 1789 for George Washington’s first inauguration. And you will hear modern patriotic music, such as Barry Manilow’s “Let Freedom Ring.” Other compositions include an 1854 Fourth of July overture, “America the Beautiful” composed in 1882, “God Bless America” composed in 1918, “This Is My Country Composed” in 1940, and a big-band version of “Semper Fidelis” recorded during WW II.

  1. Heroic Fanfare
    Composer:  Paul Murtha (1960- )
    Performer:  U.S. Army Band
    Album:  Hero for Today
  2. Star Spangled Banner
    Composer:  Francis Scott Key (lyrics, 1779-1843) & John Stafford Smith (1750-1836)
    Performer:  U.S. Navy Band & Sea Chanters
    Album:  Patriotic Pride
  3. Festival Overture on the Star Spangled Banner
    Composer:  Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
    Performer:  U.S. Army Ground Forces Band
    Album:  Made in America
  4. Semper Fidelis
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Military Marches of John Philip Sousa, Vol. 1
  5. Semper Fidelis
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa (1852=-1932)
    Performer:  Frankie Carle & His Orchestra
    Album:  Frankie Carle and His Orchestra 1944-1946
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  6. Hail Columbia
    Composer:  Philip Phile (1734-1793)
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Hail to the Chief
  7. The Marseillaise
    Composer:  Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760-1836)
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Hail to the Chief
  8. Ca Ira
    Composer:  Bécourt (last name)
    Performer:  Fifes & Drums of Colonial Williamsburg
    Album:  Music from the Yorktown Battlefield
  9. Fourth of July Overture
    Composer:  Unidentified, from books of the Manchester Cornet Band (circa 1854)
    Performer:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
    Album:  Homespun America
  10. God Bless America
    Composer:  Irving Berlin (1888-1889)
    Performer:  U.S. Army Band & Chorus
    Album:  Patriotic Pride
  11. This Is My Country (1940)
    Composer:  Al Jacobs (music, 1903-1985) & Don Raye (lyrics, 1909-1985)
    Performer:  U.S. Army Band & Chorus
    Album:  Hero for Today
  12. Chimes of Liberty
    Composer:  Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956)
    Performer:  U.S. Air Force Concert Band
    Album:  Home of the Brave
  13. America the Beautiful
    Composer:  Samuel Augustus Ward (1848-1903), arranged by Carmen Dragon (1914-1984)
    Performer:  California Wind Orchestra
    Album:  A Slice of America
  14. Testament of Freedom
    Composer:  Thomas Jefferson (music, 1899-1984) and Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
    Performer:  U.S. Army Field Band
    Album:  Call to Duty
  15. Let Freedom Ring
    Composer:  Barry Manilow (1943- )
    Performer:  U.S. Army Field Band
    Album:  Call to Duty
  16. Stars and Stripes Forever
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Patriotic Pride
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.