||“The Occidental” (1887)
With important manuscripts unaccounted for, no dedication specified on the printed music, and no mention in Sousa’s memoirs, it is not known why this piece was given its name. One possibility which must not be overlooked is that Occidental College, in Los Angeles, was founded in the year that Sousa composed this march. “The Occidental” was not published until four years after it was written.
Paul E. Bierley, The Works of John Philip Sousa (Westerville, Ohio: Integrity Press, 1984), 75. Used by permission.