This was $2, only 99 cents less than its original extra special selling price at Sam Goody. As much as I love listening to marching band albums (sarcasm), I bought this so I could post the three witty insights below (well, I think they are witty anyway).
No one signifies marching band mus, not just universally but here in America like John Phillip Sousa (1854-1932). As the leader of the US Marine band as well as his own band, “The March King” composed some of the best known marches in history.
At the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, there is a section in the American instrument exhibit for both Sousa and marching bands. On display, they have a sousaphone, a light weight tuba designed by Sousa to make it easier to march or stand with than a regular concert tuba. From that time on, I cannot get the image out of my head of Sousa and his counterparts, staying up late at night in a creative frenzy, perhaps driven by the cocaine infused Coca-Cola they had at the time, just riffing out ideas for new instruments. I wish I could see some of the rejected ideas.
Somehow, the story reminds me of a Mr Show skit of “The Battle of the Megaphone Crooners”. Mr Show also combined marching band music with Amadeus for this bit as well.
Sousa’s most famous work perhaps is “Stars and Stripes Forever” (hopefully not forever). But his second famous piece of work you may ask? I would say “The Gladiator March”. Unfamiliar with this you say? You probably would recognize it when you heard it as it was the theme of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Why did they go with this song? For the simple reason that it was in the public domain.
Anyway, here is this collection of songs from his marches to his operettas, performed by the Gordon Highlanders under the direction of Douglas Ford. I believe this was a British army regiment that got Incorporated into the Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1994, to form one group simply named the Highlanders. Or maybe they are totally unrelated. Who knows?
For a sample, I went with “Invincible Eagle”.
As far as the record goes, it all really started to sound the same after the third song so meh.