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Making the March KingJohn Philip Sousa's Washington Years, 1854-1893$
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Patrick Warfield

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037795

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037795.001.0001

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Making the Sousa Band

Making the Sousa Band

(p.180) Chapter Eight Making the Sousa Band
Making the March King

Patrick Warfield

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the making of the Sousa Band. When the modern Marine Band makes its annual tours, it travels as a representative of the Marine Corps, but their 1891 outing was to be a commercial enterprise. Every bandsman was granted leave from the military and then personally contracted to former Minnesota secretary of state David Blakely. As a result, from April 1 to May 3, 1891, the band functioned as a civilian ensemble. Performances would not be free, nor would they be spread evenly across the country. Venues were instead selected on the basis of the band's likely draw, and ticket prices were negotiated with local managers. This was to be a commercial enterprise with David Blakely at the helm.

Keywords:   Sousa Band, Marine Band, Marine Corps, commercial enterprise, civilian ensemble, David Blakely

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