God Bless America (arr US Army Band)

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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (arr. U.S. Army Band)

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General Info

Year: 1939 /
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Army Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Irving Berlin composed the stirring God Bless America at the close of World War I. Its emotional themes of patriotism and freedom inspired many during World War II, when Kate Smith sang it on radio broadcasts, as they heard “from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam.”

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Irving Berlin wrote God Bless America in 1918 while serving in the U.S. Army at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York, but decided that it did not fit in a revue called Yip Yip Yaphank, so he set it aside. The lyrics at that time included the line "Make her victorious on land and foam, God bless America..." as well as "Stand beside her and guide her to the right with the light from above".

In 1938, with the rise of Adolf Hitler, Irving Berlin, who was Jewish and had arrived in America from Russia at the age of five, felt it was time to revive it as a "peace song," and it was introduced on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938, sung by Kate Smith on her radio show.

God Bless America takes the form of a prayer (intro lyrics "as we raise our voices, in a solemn prayer") for God's blessing and peace for the nation ("...stand beside her and guide her through the night...").

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • Kings Park Concert Band (Springfield/Burke, Va.) (Richard Bergman, conductor; United States Army Herald Trumpets; Adiza Jibril, vocalist) – 9 April 2016

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