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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Sousa's March Mania

Vote each day in the box on the right!
The mania begins March 7

When it comes to the historical knowledge and performance of marches, the United States Marine Band is your prime resource, especially for marches written by John Philip Sousa. From March 7 through April 6, “The President’s Own” will host “Sousa’s March Mania,” a tournament pitting 32 marches against each other for the Marine Band online community to determine which one is the favorite. Every day through April 6, marches will compete head to head while our friends and fans vote which marches advance in the tournament. You can visit the Marine Band website to listen to the competing marches, download a tournament bracket, and vote for your favorites. The champion march will be announced on April 7. In order to win “Sousa’s March Mania” you must obtain a perfect bracket, completed prior to the start of the first game at 9 a.m., on March 7 (honor system). If you win, you’ll be named an honorary “March King” for a day! Participants are also invited to share completed brackets with the Marine Band by emailing them to marineband.publicaffairs@usmc.mil or posting to facebook.com/marineband. For details visit www.marineband.marines.mil.

March Mania Matches
First Round
Game 1, March 7
"Valdres" by Johannes Hanssen (738)
vs
"Review" by John Philip Sousa (396)


Game 2, March 8

"Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa (644)
vs
"Esprit de Corps" by John Philip Sousa (598)


Game 3, March 9
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa (956)
vs
Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr. (209)


Game 4, March 10
"The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa (804)
vs
Famous 22nd Regiment March by Patrick S. Gilmore (237)


Game 5, March 11
"The Liberty Bell" by John Philip Sousa (542)
vs
"Independentia" by R.B. Hall (528)


Game 6, March 12
"King Cotton" by John Philip Sousa (187)
vs
"Sabre and Spurs" by John Philip Sousa (140)


Game 7, March 13
"Congress Hall" by John Philip Sousa (117)
vs
"Manhattan Beach" John Philip Sousa (437)


Game 8, March 14
"The Honored Dead" by John Philip Sousa (316)
vs
"Revival" by John Philip Sousa (419)


Game 9, March 15
"The Boys of the Old Brigade" by W. Paris Chambers (236)
vs
"Entry of the Gladiators" by Julius Fucik (616)


Game 10, March 16
"The Invincible Eagle" by John Philip Sousa (371)
vs
"The Wolverine" by John Philip Sousa (376)


Game 11, March 17
Entry March of the Boyares by Johannes Halvorsen (621)
vs
"National Emblem" E.E. Bagley (587)


Game 12, March 18
"The Circus Bee" by Henry Fillmore (404)
vs
"The Fairest of the Fair" by John Philip Sousa (248)

Game 13, March 19
"Guide Right" by John Philip Sousa (156)
vs
"Right Forward" by John Philip Sousa (160)


Game 14, March 20
"The Gallant Seventh" by John Philip Sousa (205)
vs
"The Billboard March" by John Klohr (210)


Game 15, March 21
"The White Cockade" (160)
vs
"Globe and Eagle" by John Philip Sousa (370)

Game 16, March 22
"The Thunderer" by John Philip Sousa (443)

vs
President Garfield's Inauguration March by John Philip Sousa (155)


Second Round


Game 17, March 23
"Valdres" by Johannes Hanssen (445)
vs
"The Liberty Bell" by John Philip Sousa (380)


Game 18, March 24
"Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa (324)
vs
"King Cotton" by John Philip Sousa (216)


Game 19, March 25
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa (328)
vs
"Manhattan Beach" John Philip Sousa (84)


Game 20, March 26
"The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa (311)
vs
"Revival" by John Philip Sousa (87)


Game 21, March 27
"Entry of the Gladiators" by Julius Fucik (283)
vs
"Right Forward" by John Philip Sousa (53)


Game 22, March 28
"The Wolverine" by John Philip Sousa (163)
vs
"The Billboard March" by John Klohr (292)

Game 23, March 29
Entry March of the Boyares by Johannes Halvorsen (450)
vs
"Globe and Eagle" by John Philip Sousa (222)

Game 24, March 30
"The Circus Bee" by Henry Fillmore (325)
vs
"The Thunderer" by John Philip Sousa (313)

Third Round


Game 25, March 31
"Entry of the Gladiators" by Julius Fucik (311)
vs
"Valdres" by Johannes Hanssen (372)

Game 26, April 1
"Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa (356)
vs
"The Billboard March" by John Klohr (149)

Game 27, April 2
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa (597)
vs
Entry March of the Boyares by Johannes Halvorsen (452)
Vote Now

Game 28, April 3
"The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa (290)
vs
"The Circus Bee" by Henry Fillmore (222)

Fidelis Four

Game 29, April 4
"Valdres" by Johannes Hanssen
vs
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa

Game 30, April 5
"Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa (460)
vs
"The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa (505)

Championship

Game 31, April 6
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa (677)
vs

"The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa (273)







2016 March Mania Winner
Congratulations to 2016
March Mania Champion


by John Philip Sousa


2016 March Mania Bracket


Educational Resources

Is your school participating in Sousa’s March Mania? It’s a great addition to your curriculum and encourages participation by your students by listening to and learning about several different marches and voting for the favorites. If you are interested in receiving supplemental resources for your students, such as the custom buttons pictured at left, please complete the form at this link: http://goo.gl/forms/tXt4xXzghz  (available while supplies last)                      

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Questions: marineband.publicaffairs@usmc.mil