John Philip Sousa
America's Favorite Marches
Hands Across the Sea [Elektra/Asylum]
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

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The earliest types of Marches that were composed were probably used as processionals for funerals and weddings. The advent of the march as a musical form did not truly develop until its purposeful and guided use in the military. Marches are musical compositions intended for the alignment and uniform movement of troops. This is accomplished with the implementation of strong, steady, and emphatic beats. The patterns of marches became indicative of nations and military signals. Signals came from the brass instruments as well as the fifes -- both of which, in cavalries and infantry, were portable instruments. Drums and drum cadences became part of the standard military form. Most marches are paced at 120 beats per minute, though the majority of marching bands today -- such as high school and college bands -- play at much quicker tempos. Romantics, at the end of the 19th century, were fascinated with the emotions that could be expressed in funeral marches and wedding marches. When bands expanded in the late 19th century and the forum of the march could be spread to incorporate patriotic music, John Philip Sousa came to the fore. Though somewhat provincial, his music was forceful, rich, and emphatic, with instrumental flares and colorful fanfares that were characteristic of the march.

Marches Artists Highlights

John Philip Sousa
John Philip Sousa
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Henry Fillmore
Henry Fillmore

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Marches Album Highlights

America's Favorite Marches
Various Artists
America's Favorite Marches
Hands Across the Sea [Elektra/Asylum]
Band of the Grenadier ...
Hands Across the Sea ...
The United States Marine Band
United States Marine Band
The United States Marine ...
Three Hit Albums from the U.S. Military Bands
United States Marine Band
Three Hit Albums from the ...
Sousa & American Marches
West Point Military Band
Sousa & American Marches
The Great Marches Vol.8
Various Artists
The Great Marches Vol.8

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Marches Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band Royal Artillery Band/Keith Brion
National Emblem, march for orchestra (or band) U.S. Military Bands
The Naval Reserve, march for band Royal Artillery Band/Keith Brion
The Thunderer, march for band Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
The Belle of Chicago, march for band Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
Hands Across the Sea, march for band Royal Artillery Band/Keith Brion
Revival March, march for band Goldman Band
The National Game, march for band Royal Artillery Band/Keith Brion
American Patrol, march for band United States Marine Band
Invincible Empire, march for band Donald W. Stauffer / United States Navy Band

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