"Stars and Stripes Forever"

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John Philip Sousa--United States

  You can find patriotic music in countries throughout the world.  A great example in the U.S. is “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.  This music has a meter of 2 which is why it’s perfect for marching!  As you listen, you’ll notice that Mr. Sousa liked to play with the dynamics—you’ll hear a section played softly and followed immediately at forte (loud).  The piccolo countermelody (played above the familiar main theme) is one of the most exciting parts of this music. 

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