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Program Notes

The Black Horse Troop


John Philip Sousa, composer

The Black Horse Troop was first played in 1925 by the Sousa Band in Cleveland, Ohio. The legendary band conductor Frederick Fennell was there and wrote, "I had not been to such as this; I remember that as Sousa’s march was being played, Troop A rode onto the stage and stood behind the band to the tumultuous cheering of all." Sousa enjoyed a long relationship with Cleveland’s Ohio National Guard Cavalry, known as Troop A, and was himself a devoted horseman.

—published score


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