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American Experience; If You Knew Sousa

05/15/1993

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Series
American Experience
Program
If You Knew Sousa
Program Number

507

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

THE STORY OF JOHN PHILIP SOUSA, BANDMASTER AND COMPOSER, IS ALSO A PORTRAIT OF THE RISE OF A GREAT AMERICAN INSTITUTION, THE SMALL TOWN MARCHING BAND. SOUSA'S BAND MUSIC CONTINUES TO BE THE MAINSTAY OF HALF-TIME MARCHING BANDS AND HOLIDAY PARADES. STIRRING MUSIC LIKE "WASHINGTON POST MARCH" AND "STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER" WERE NATIONAL HITS, AND HELPED MAKE MARCHING BANDS POPULAR ALL OVER AMERICA. BUT BAND MUSIC WASN'T SOUSA'S ONLY PASSION. HE WAS THE FIRST TO BRING THE CLASSICS -- VERDI, WAGNER, PUCCINI -- TO A BURGEONING AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. AS THE SOUSA BAND CELEBRATES ITS CENTENNIAL YEAR (1992), THIS FILM WILL SHOW HOW THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC EMBODIED THE OPTIMISM OF A COUNTRY CONFIDENTLY HIGH STEPPING INTO A NEW CENTURY.

Duration

01:15:13

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; If You Knew Sousa,” 05/15/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_100943B614514133BAC019F5DB577AE2.
MLA: “American Experience; If You Knew Sousa.” 05/15/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_100943B614514133BAC019F5DB577AE2>.
APA: American Experience; If You Knew Sousa. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_100943B614514133BAC019F5DB577AE2
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