The Lambs’ March (1914)
For the 1914 gambol of the celebrated Lambs Club of New York, Sousa composed this march and “The Lambs’ Gambol” overture. He also accompanied a group of club members on a fund-raising tour of the major eastern cities. In each city he led a parade and apparently acted as musical director for their stage presentations.
Once again Sousa lived up to his reputation of not letting his music go to waste; much of “The Lambs’ March” was taken from his unsuccessful 1882 operetta, The Smugglers.
Paul E. Bierley, The Works of John Philip Sousa (Westerville, Ohio: Integrity Press, 1984), 43. Used by permission.