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“The Stars and Stripes Forever,” because I never get tired of it

Statue of George Washington“The Stars and Stripes Forever” was first performed on this day in 1897, conducted by the great man himself, John Philip Sousa. What a red, white, and blue occasion it must have been—the unveiling of a statue of George Washington in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Though if you ask me, statue scarcely describes it.)

Here is a link to the music—wait! Go get your conductor’s baton and come back. What do you mean you don’t have a conductor’s baton? (What do you do for fun in the office then?) Ok, just use your hand, and remember to cue the piccolo.

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