written by John Phillip Sousa (1928)

If you think you can predict what happens in a Sousa march, try this most unusual of his marches and be pleasantly surprised! Written in 1928 for the residents of New Mexico, Sousa begins in customary march style, but then launches into a history of New Mexico with sounds of music from the Native American, the cavalry and Mexican traditions. The march concludes with a happy fusion of all these diverse styles. It hadn’t been in print for many years until recently. What a unique march!

above: The Eastman Wind Ensemble performing “New Mexico March” – conducted by Frederick Fennel

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New Mexico March – John Phillip Sousa (1928)