Though a gospel hymn, When the Saints has also become a jazz classic, being particularly associated with the Dixieland style of great players such as Louis Armstrong. As it is one of the most familiar and beloved pieces, it is a great way for players of all levels to show off their performing chops!
This March is from Tchaikovsky's hugely popular ballet 'The Nutcracker.' It's full of energy and life - in fact it's maybe a little more of a dance than a march, with its skipping dotted rhythms. A joyful March!
The Stars and Stripes Forever is an American patriotic march, written by John Philip Sousa in 1896. It was composed in honour of David Blakely, who was manager of the Sousa Band. It was an instant hit and only a year later was adopted as the official national march of the United States of America.
Radetzky March, Op. 228, is a march composed by Johann Strauss Sr. in 1848. It was dedicated to the Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, and became quite a popular march among soldiers. It has been remarked that its tone is more celebratory than martial- Strauss was commissioned to write the piece for a celebration of Radetsky's victory at the Battle of Custoza.
The "Colonel Bogey March" is a popular march that was written in 1914 by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts (1881-1945), a British Army bandmaster who later became the director of music for the Royal Marines at Plymouth. It was famously used by Malcolm Arnold in the film Bridge on the River Kwai.
"The Washington Post" (often called "The Washington Post March") is a march composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889 and was written specifically to promote the newspaper. Since then, it has remained as one of his most popular marches throughout the United States and many other countries.
One of the most familiar military marches in the U.K., Canada, Australia and other English-speaking countries. It's origins are unclear, but it may have been introduced to the U.K. from the Netherlands during the 'Glorious Revolution' of William III.
One of the most popular marches from the 'Pied Piper of Patriotism', this piece apparently earned the composer over $40,000 in the first seven years after publication. It was famously used as the title music for Monty Python's Flying Circus.
This famous tune (some call it Britain's second national anthem) started life as part of the Pomp and Circumstance March no.1, which famously received a double encore at its London premiere at the Henry Wood Promenade concerts. The words were added a year later by AC Benson.
This fun piece forms the opening movement of Saint-Saints suite of musical animal sketches, Carnival of the Animals. It starts with a fanfare - announcing the arrival of the king of the jungle. A noble theme then emerges, interrupted by running scales which imitate a lion's roar!