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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

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



About the Competition

When it comes to the historical knowledge and performance of marches, the United States Marine Band is considered a prime resource, especially for those written by John Philip Sousa. That’s why during the month of March, “The President’s Own” will be hosting “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 4, marches will compete head to head while Marine Band friends and fans vote which ones advance in the tournament. Participants can listen to the competing marches below, download and print a tournament bracket, and vote for favorites on the Marine Band facebook page, www.facebook.com/marineband. The champion march will be announced on April 5. In order to win "Sousa's March Mania" you must obtain a perfect bracket, completed prior to the start of the first game at 8 a.m. on March 10 (honor system). The winners of “Sousa’s March Mania” will be named “The March King” for a day! If you are a winner, please notify Marine Band Public Affairs on April 5 through social media or by email at marineband.publicaffairs@usmc.mil.

First Round - Monday, March 10
Game 1
The Stars and Stripes Forever 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
March of the Pasha's Guard from Tabasco 
by George Chadwick

Game 2
The Liberty Bell 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
The Free Lance
by John Philip Sousa

 First Round - Tuesday, March 11
Game 1
Semper Fidelis
 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
Who's Who in Navy Blue
by John Philip Sousa

Game 2
Washington Post
by John Philip Sousa
vs
Invercargill
by Alex Lithgow

 
First Round - Wednesday, March 12
Game 1
Washington Grays
by Claudio Grafulla
vs.
Glory of the Yankee Navy
by John Philip Sousa

Game 2
March of the Women Marines
by Louis Saverino
vs.
Boys of the Old Brigade
by William Paris Chambers

First Round - Thursday, March 13
Game 1
King Cotton
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
Union March
by Francis Scala

Game 2
The Billboard March
by John Klohr
vs.
Presidential Polonaise
by John Philip Sousa

First Round - Friday, March 14
Game 1
March in D
by Ludwig van Beethoven
vs.
Manhattan Beach 
by John Philip Sousa

Game 2
Florentiner
by Julius Fucik
vs.
Thomas Jefferson
by William H. Santelmann

First Round - Saturday, March 15
Marine Corps Institute
by Taylor Branson
vs.
Fairest of the Fair
John Philip Sousa

First Round - Sunday, March 16
Sabre and Spurs

by John Philip Sousa
vs.
Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
by John Philip Sousa

First Round - Monday, March 17
"The President's Own"
by Ollie Zinsmeister
vs.
The Thunderer
by John Philip Sousa

First Round - Tuesday, March 18
The Circus Bee
by Henry Fillmore
vs.
National Emblem
by E.E. Bagley

First Round - Wednesday, March 19
The Gallant Seventh
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
The Entry of the Gladiators

by Julius Fucik

First Round - Thursday, March 20
Entry March of the Boyares

by Johan Halvorsen
vs.
The Invincible Eagle
by John Philip Sousa


Second Round - Friday, March 21
The Stars and Stripes Forever 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
Glory of the Yankee Navy
by John Philip Sousa


Second Round - Saturday, March 22
The Liberty Bell 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
Boys of the Old Brigade
by William Paris Chambers


Second Round - Sunday, March 23
Semper Fidelis 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
King Cotton
by John Philip Sousa


Second Round - Monday, March 24
Washington Post
by John Philip Sousa
vs
The Billboard March
by John Klohr


Second Round - Tuesday, March 25
Manhattan Beach
by John Philip Sousa
vs
The Thunderer
by John Philip Sousa


Second Round - Wednesday, March 26
Florentiner
by Julius Fucik
vs
National Emblem
by E.E. Bagley


Second Round - Thursday, March 27
Fairest of the Fair
John Philip Sousa
vs
The Entry of the Gladiators
by Julius Fucik


Second Round - Friday, March 28
Sabre and Spurs
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
Entry March of the Boyares
by Johan Halvorsen


Third Round - Saturday, March 29
The Stars and Stripes Forever 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
The Thunderer
by John Philip Sousa


Third Round - Sunday, March 30
The Liberty Bell 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
National Emblem
by E.E. Bagley

Third Round - Monday, March 31
Semper Fidelis 
by John Philip Sousa
vs.
The Entry of the Gladiators
by Julius Fucik

Third Round - Tuesday, April 1
Washington Post
by John Philip Sousa
vs
Entry March of the Boyares
by Johan Halvorsen

Fourth Round - Wednesday, April 2
The Stars and Stripes Forever 
by John Philip Sousa
vs
National Emblem
by E.E. Bagley

Fourth Round - Thursday, April 3
Semper Fidelis 
by John Philip Sousa
vs
Entry March of the Boyares
by Johan Halvorsen

Championship - Friday, April 4
The Stars and Stripes Forever 
by John Philip Sousa
vs
Entry March of the Boyares
by Johan Halvorsen






 

2014 Sousa's March Mania Winner

Congratulations Entry March of the Boyares!
Winner of Sousa's March Mania

Final Score
Entry March of the Boyares
 by Johan Halvorsen
1,265
The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
966
Program Notes

March Mania Bracket

Final Bracket


Did you have a perfect bracket?
If so, you have earned the title of Honorary March King.



Award Citation


Marine Band Director Colonel Michael J. Colburn's Bracket

March Mania Album 1 - Top 16 marches

March Mania Album 2