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John Philip Sousa: Sousa Band Victor Recordings

A research aid and discography for Sousa's conducted recordings

The Victor Talking Machine Company Sessions with the Sousa Band

These recordings of the Sousa Band are the only ones on which Sousa himself is known to have conducted.  They encompass sessions from several different dates.

Recording Date: December 21, 1917

"The Star Spangled Banner"

  • (F.S. Key; arr. Sousa)
  • harmonization by Walter Damrosch
  • instrumentation by John Philip Sousa
  • recorded in Camden, NJ
  • matrix #:  C21274
  • 12" acoustical 78 rpm
  • four takes in total
  • none of these takes have been released

"Liberty Loan"

  • (Sousa)
  • recorded in Camden, NJ, in the Auditorim, new office building
  • matrix #:  B21275
  • 10" acoustical 78 rpm
  • two takes total
  • released as:  Victor 18430 (B)
  • only the second take was released

"America First March"

  • (Sousa)
  • recorded in Camden, NJ, in the Auditorium, new office building
  • matrix #:  B21276
  • 10" acoustical 78 rpm
  • three takes total
  • none of these takes have been released

"The United States Field Artillery March" or "The U.S. Field Artillery"

  • (Sousa)
  • recorded in Camden, NJ, in the Auditorium, new office building
  • matrix #:  B212277
  • 10" acoustical 78 rpm
  • two takes total
  • released as Victor 18430 (A)
  • only the second take was released

Recording Date: September 6, 1918

"Sabre and Spurs"

  • (Sousa)
  • recorded in Camden, NJ, by the Special Band plus eighteen extra men
  • matrix#: B22224
  • 10" acoustical 78 rpm
  • four takes total
  • released as:  Victor 18504 (A)
  • only the second take was released

"Solid Men to the Front"

  • (Sousa)
  • recorded in Camden, NJ, by the Special Band plus eighteen extra men
  • matrix #:  B22225
  • 10" acoustical 78 rpm
  • four takes total
  • released as:  Victor 18504 (B)
  • only the fourth take was released

Recording Date: March 29, 1923

"Nobles of the Mystic Shrine"

  • (Sousa)
  • recorded in Camden, NJ
  • matrix #:  B27687
  • 10" acoustical 78 rpm
  • five takes total
  • released as:  Victor 19056 (A)
  • only the fifth take was released

"The Dauntless Battalion"

  • (Sousa)
  • recorded in New York, NY
  • matrix #:  B27688
  • 10" acoustical 78 rpm
  • three takes total
  • released as:  Victor 19056 (B)
  • only the third take was released

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