In celebration of Independence Day, 2015,here is perhaps the most famous of John hilip Sousa's marches, "The Stars and Stripes Forever", written in 1896 and named the National March of the United States in 1986. Having played this March many times myself, like many of Sousa's works, it is NOT and easy one to perform!
Performed here by the President's Own Marine Band.
Note the use of reversed colors for their Dress uniforms! :-)
Sousa wrote lyrics to the March itself, of which only the words for the familiar Trio section is widely known:
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever!
Finally, we have my own take on Old Glory...