American Experience; If You Knew Sousa
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- American Experience
- If You Knew Sousa
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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
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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.
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- Chicago: “American Experience; If You Knew Sousa,” 05/15/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_100943B614514133BAC019F5DB577AE2.
- MLA: “American Experience; If You Knew Sousa.” 05/15/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 23, 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