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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



8.559058
Music for Wind Band Vol. 1

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


8.559248
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




8.559396
Music for Wind Band Vol. 9

“If you’ve been collecting this series, then keep on!”
 - ClassicsToday.com


8.559690
Music for Wind Band Vol. 11

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





Sousa off parade



8.559029
On Wings of Lightning


8.559008
On Stage


8.559013
At the Symphony





Keith Brion conducts more American Classics



8.559385
Alan Hovhaness:
Symphonies 7, 14, 23


“These three symphonies are an audio equivalent of an IMAX nature documentary—awe inspiringly lovely and harrowing both.”
- Icon


8.559207
Alan Hovhaness:
Symphonies 4, 20 and 53


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


8.559027
Victor Herbert: Columbus Suite/Irish Rhapsody

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




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