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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (June 2, 2018): Commemoration of Battle of Belleau Wood

This edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood, the WW I battle credited with gaving the U.S. Marines their nickname: the Devil Dogs. During WW I, the Battle of Belleau Wood began on June 1—100 years ago—when the Germans punched a hole in the French defensive lines at Belleau Wood about 65 miles northeast of Paris. This is the first battle of WW I in which extensive American casualties occurred, most of whom were U.S. Marines. The 1st Batallion of the 4th Marine Regiment had been assigned to 2nd Army Division and was commanded by Army Brigadier General James Harbord. To commemorate this event, today’s edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion will air 100-year-old marches by John Philip Sousa and other compositions inspired by the heroism of the U.S. Marine Corp.

  1. Semper Fidelis (1888)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
    Performer:  Washington Winds
    Album:  Stars and Stripes and Sousa
     
  2. Sabre and Spurs (1918)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  Washington Winds
    Album:  Stars and Stripes and Sousa
     
  3. Willow Blossoms (1916)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  Washington Winds
    Album:  Stars and Stripes and Sousa
     
  4. White Rose (1918)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa, Vol. 4
     
  5. Liberty Loan (1917)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa, Vol. 4
     
  6. Solid Men to the Front (1918)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa, Vol. 4
     
  7. The Caissons Go Rolling Along (1918, recorded 1962)
    Composer:  Attributed to John Philip Sousa, but actually composed by Brigadier General Edmund Gruber
    Performer:  Band of the Grenadier Guards
    Album:  Sousa Marches
     
  8. U.S. Field Artillery March
    Composer:   John Philip Sousa & Edmund Gruber (1879-1941)
    Performer:  Gramercy Brass
    Album:  American Anthems
     
  9. Marines Hymn
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
    Performer:  Gramercy Brass
    Album:  American Anthems
     
  10. Esprit de Corps
    Composer:  Robert Jager (1939- )
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Esprit de Corps
     
  11. Marine Hymn Apotheosis
    Composer:  Sammy Nestico (1924- )
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Esprit de Corps
     
  12. God Bless America
    Composer:  Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
    Performer:  U.S. Army Band and Chorus
    Album:  Patriotic Pride
     
  13. On Patrol in No Man's Land (recorded in 1919)
    Composer:  James Reece Europe (1880-1919)
    Performer:  369th U.S. Infantry Regiment Band
    Album:  Complete Recordings of 369th Hell Fighter's Band
     

Air Date: 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

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