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Hail, Columbia (arr Knox)

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Philip Phile

Philip Phile (arr. Thomas Knox)

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This work is also known as The Washington March and The President's March.

General Info

Year: 1789 /
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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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 is also known as The Washington March. 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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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2021 (Presidential Inauguration)

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