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Hail, Columbia

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Philip Phile

Philip Phile (arr. Kinyon)

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General Info

Year: 1789/1975
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Publisher: Alfred

Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.


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Program Notes

Hail, Columbia is an American patriotic song. It was considered, with several other songs, one of the unofficial national anthems of the United States until 1931, when The Star-Spangled Banner was officially named the national anthem. Columbia is a poetic name for the United States in use during the 18th century.

The anthem was composed by Philip Phile in 1789 for the first inauguration of George Washington, titled The President's March, arranged with lyrics by Joseph Hopkinson in 1798. It was used in the United States as a de facto national anthem for most of the 19th century, but lost popularity after World War I when it was replaced by The Star-Spangled Banner in 1931. It was the anthem for the President until it was replaced by the song Hail to the Chief. It is now the official Vice Presidential anthem. When played in honor of the Vice President, the song is always preceded by four ruffles and flourishes. In addition, the song has been used as a slow march during military ceremonies, often while the band counter-marches.

-Program Note from Wikipedia

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  • California State University, Northridge, Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) - 25 November 2014

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