His musicians strike up " Dixie " as the band marches onto the exposition grounds, putting the large crowd in a jubilant, receptive mood. The playlist for Sousa's twice-daily concerts is announced, and it includes "Dixie", to be played as often as possible and for all encores.
Sousa and his band are heartily welcomed to the Atlanta exposition. Sousa and his band tour the world, and he is honored with medals by the crowned heads of Europe.
However, Sousa is kept out of the actual fighting and instead is forced to go on a sea voyage to recover from a bout of typhoid fever. At sea, he begins a new march inspired by the war. During the rehearsal of Sousa's new operetta El Capitan , starring Lily, the Sousas receive a letter from Willie in Cuba in which he reveals he was wounded in the knee his lower left leg is later amputated.
Following the end of the war, Willie returns home and recuperates at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital. Willie and Lily attend a small weekly concert held at the hospital.
As a surprise, the curtain opens and Sousa and his piece band are revealed. Sousa calls upon Willie to rejoin them on his Sousaphone in a concert for the wounded veterans, their families, and the medical staff.
Sousa announces that he has written a new march for all the veterans of the war and that this performance will be its debut. The band launches into the film's title march, as we move forward in time to the present day. Battalions of uniformed U. Marines march in formation to the martial music. In modern Washington D. August 12, Retrieved November 2, Public Broadcasting Service.
Archived from the original on June 6, Retrieved April 18, Academic Search Complete. April 19, United States Government Publishing Office. December 11, The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, New York: Doubleday. United States Library of Congress. University of Virginia. Football Against The Enemy. London: Phoenix Books. Classical Festival Favourites". Pepper Sheet Music". The Huffington Post. July 7, Betsy Schwarm Betsy Schwarm is a music historian based in Colorado.
She serves on the music faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver and gives pre-performance talks for Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony See Article History.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. March , originally, musical form having an even metre in 2 4 or 4 4 with strongly accented first beats to facilitate military marching; many later examples, while retaining the military connotation, were not intended for actual marching.
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