Music Mission 4: Happy Independence Day!

This post is part of a series of posts for my school and one-on-one students.  My original post explaining this whole series can be found here.  If you have questions or comments about this mission, please leave a comment on this page and let’s talk about it!


Ok, I kind of love that this week I can give you an American Independence Day themed Music Mission on just the day after Independence Day AND this happens to be our 4th Music Mission!  What a coinky-dink!

It’s hard to separate the notion of Independence Day and parades – and you can’t have a parade without a marching band!  Take some time this week to learn about John Philip Sousa, here at this website hosted by the Dallas Wind Symphony.  On this site you can learn about Sousa, his career (he was a rockstar before rockstars were even a thing!), the march he wrote called “The Stars and Stripes Forever” which is our country’s official march, and peruse a listing of all of the pieces he has ever written.  You can listen to an original recording from 1897 of Sousa’s band performing “The Stars and Stripes Forever” plus you can listen to MIDI version of all of his songs and watch selected videos of other marching bands performing his music.

To complete this assignment, tell me a little bit about JPS.  Give the names of any of his songs that you listened to, and what you think of them (which did you like?  were there any that you didn’t like?).  This assignment should be at least 5 sentences long.

Questions?  Problems?  Suggestions?  Please, let me know in the comments!