Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 69: Semper Fidelis


As we march towards the grand finale of our Sousa Series in Episode #69 of Busy Kids Love Music, get ready for a musical journey that culminates with the stirring anthem of the United States Marine Corps – “Semper Fidelis.” In our last exploration of John Philip Sousa’s repertoire, we dive into the history and significance of this iconic march, a testament to Sousa’s enduring legacy and his ability to craft music that transcends borders.

“Semper Fidelis” stands as one of Sousa’s most celebrated compositions, gaining popularity not only in the United States but also making waves in many foreign countries. As we unravel the tale behind this magnificent march, we’ll discover why it became a staple in Sousa band’s repertoire during their international tours.

In the spirit of our last episode, where we delved into Sousa’s standard U.S. military march form, I invite you to visit the show notes at busykidsdopiano.com/podcast/69. There, you’ll find a link to a full rendition of “Semper Fidelis.” As you listen, challenge yourself to identify the different sections we explored in our last episode – from the commanding introduction to the spirited first and second strains, the resolute trio, and the triumphant final strain.

“Semper Fidelis,” translating to “Always Faithful,” continues to resonate with audiences and is proudly performed by the United States Marine Band countless times each year. Its enduring presence in both military and musical spheres pays tribute to the strength, loyalty, and unwavering commitment that it symbolizes.

Join me in Episode #69 as we bid farewell to the Sousa Series with the resounding notes of “Semper Fidelis.” Whether you’re a young listener or a seasoned music lover, Busy Kids Love Music ensures that the exploration of diverse musical traditions is accessible, engaging, and enjoyable for the whole family.

Tune in and let the music of “Semper Fidelis” transport you to a place where the spirit of Sousa lives on, celebrating the unyielding dedication of the United States Marine Corps. Happy listening!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Membership

Busy Moms Do Piano Membership

Episode 67: The Life & Music of John Philip Sousa

Episode 68: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Semper Fidelis – John Philip Sousa

Can you identify the sections of the military march form as you listen to the music above?

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