From the Library…Marching Monday

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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3 Responses to “From the Library…Marching Monday”

  1. Kirasha says:

    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!

  2. Gabrielle Riel says:

    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! 🙂

  3. Elrik Merlin says:

    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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