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This month sees the release of Volume 14 in the Naxos series devoted to the output of John Philip Sousa, the 'March King' and one of the greatest figures in American musical history. Perhaps not so well known is the fact that Sousa had an equally strong affinity for musical theatre, exemplified by this latest volume's inclusion of a suite comprising music from three of his remarkably successful operettas.

Sousa's unprecedented popularity was garnered through constant national and international touring with a band that included some of the very best American instrumentalists. This is mirrored by the several outstanding bands used throughout the recordings in this series, each directed by Keith Brion, who founded the New Sousa Band in 1979 and is recognised as the world’s leading Sousa conductor.

Naxos 8.559730
SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 14
Central Band of the Royal Air Force • Brion

The unprecedented popularity enjoyed by John Philip Sousa was garnered through constant national and international touring with a band that included some of the very best American instrumentalists. Volume 14 of this series includes brilliant show overtures, such as The Glass Blowers, theatrical marches such as The Lambs, the suite El Capitan and His Friends, from three of Sousa’s remarkably successful operettas and, last but not least, the 22-year-old composer’s extraordinary collection of patriotic songs of many countries, The International Congress, which ends with The Star Spangled Banner set against the violin obbligato from Wagner’s Tannhauser.

Listen to an extract from Esprit de Corps March

About the Artist

Keith Brion leads his own New Sousa Band and is a frequent conductor of light music orchestral concerts throughout America and internationally. He is a specialist in Sousa’s period style and has published numerous performing editions of his music.

Read Sousaphonic Celebrations: Keith Brion talks to Jeremy Siepmann

Previous releases from Sousa's Wind Band series

Music for Wind Band Vol. 1

"Bottom line: wonderful music, wonderfully presented
- and at a bargain price.”

Music for Wind Band Vol. 8

“Calling all Sousaholics!! The latest release in this acclaimed series
continues its formula of familiar and lesser known Sousa works that will delight the listener.”
- BandWorld

Music for Wind Band Vol. 9

“If you’ve been collecting this series, then keep on!”

Music for Wind Band Vol. 11

“This is another desirable addition to a very desirable series.”
- MusicWeb International

Sousa off parade

On Wings of Lightning

On Stage

At the Symphony

Keith Brion conducts more American Classics

Alan Hovhaness:
Symphonies 7, 14, 23

“These three symphonies are an audio equivalent of an IMAX nature documentary—awe inspiringly lovely and harrowing both.”
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Alan Hovhaness:
Symphonies 4, 20 and 53

“The sounds of the band are rapturously beautiful, and it's on Naxos. How can you resist?”

Victor Herbert: Columbus Suite/Irish Rhapsody

“Here's a lovely disc
for a rainy day.”

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