Today, Radio Riel honors “The March King”, John Philip Sousa’s birthday, which was November 6, 1854. This program features a variety of composers, styles and genres.…but all with one common feature…they are marches! I, Gabrielle Riel, would also like to
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From the Library…Marching Monday

in Daily Programme

by Gabrielle Riel on Monday, 10 November, 2008

Today, Radio Riel honors “The March King”, John Philip Sousa’s birthday, which was November 6, 1854. This program features a variety of composers, styles and genres.…but all with one common feature…they are marches!

I, Gabrielle Riel, would also like to dedicate today’s program to my friends from the Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band…especially to those of that I marched with from 1987 — 1991 — I love you guys!

Radio Riel produces this program in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s music originates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

You can listen to the program now by clicking here, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.

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Kirasha November 10, 2008 at 15:21

I've been reminiscing with friends about my own marching band days lately. What a happy coincidence to stumble upon this site today. I never realized it broadcast so much of the day and not only during certain times/events.

Thank you, Your Grace, for making the work day more enjoyable!

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Gabrielle Riel November 10, 2008 at 17:47

Miss Urqhart,

I sm so pleased you have enjoyed today's program! I think everyone enjoys marches in general as they are spirited and patriotic. But those of us that participated in the modern, North American marching band tradition...well this is just pure fun! 🙂

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Elrik Merlin November 12, 2008 at 05:18

It's fascinating that this is a tradition that's virtually (though not entirely) unknown to most people in the UK.

Here we do of course have full-on military marching bands; and we also have a thriving local and municipal brass band tradition going back to Victorian days. My village has its own band for example, as do most around here, and it plays on special events like the switching on of the Christmas lights in the village, at a bandstand in the centre.

In addition there is a wonderful tradition, especially in the North of England, of brass bands based at the major collieries – Grimethorpe and Black Dyke spring to mind – and other manufacturing industries, continuing to perform in many cases even though the industries that produced them no longer exist.

I have done a couple of programmes in the past featuring brass music; I should probably do some more.

Certainly there is nothing like a good march to get you going. In the 1970s when I used to live in South London and work in the centre of town, passing through Waterloo Station was accompanied by marches from the PA system, and it was definitely stirring. Orchestral marches were also the backbone of broadcast station theme tunes, with composers like Eric Coates especially providing rousing material to start the broadcast day.

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