THE ETUDE MUSIC MAGAZINE -- September 1930
Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa, U.S.N., is a remarkable example of the persistence of youthful freshness of ideas in musical creative work. To his long string of successful marches Mr. Sousa has recently added three new numbers, all of remarkable distinction. Outstanding among these is the “Royal Welch Fusiliers.” This March was written in recognition of the friendship fostered between the United States Marine Corps and the British Regiment of Welch Fusiliers during the Boxer War in China. During this present summer Mr. Sousa has conducted this march in London in the presence of a distinguished gathering including Royalty. We believe this is the best march written since “Semper Fidelis.”
Another new march is “The Salvation Army March.” This was written for the recent Jubilee Gathering of the Salvation Army in New York City. It was played by all of the combined bands. The original instrumentation was for the all brass combination usually found among Salvation Army Bands; but it also has a complete scoring. This march includes in its middle section the hymn “O Boundless Salvation.”
The most recent of the three marches is the “Harmonica Wizard.” This is a jaunty, lilting march in six-eight time. The old two step, by the way, seems to be coming back. This march was written for the celebrated Harmonica Band in Philadelphia conducted by Mr. Albert Hoxie, and for all harmonica players all over the United States.
All of these marches are published for piano solo, for full band, and for orchestra. In addition there is a fine four hand arrangement of the “Royal Welch Fusiliers.”
Enjoy the Harpbeats and Friends' performance of
John Philip Sousa's "Harmonica Wizard":