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Stephen Bulla

Medley arranged by Stephen Bulla

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Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unpublished


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Program Notes

This is My Country was composed by Al Jacobs in 1940, with lyrics by Don Raye. The song was popularized by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians and later recorded by such artists as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Patti LaBelle. You’re a Grand Old Flag first appeared in the 1906 stage musical George Washington, Jr., a production of American theater legend George M Cohan, who sang the number while wrapped in an American flag. The current lyrics were adopted after numerous complaints about the original title You’re a Grand Old Rag. My Country ‘tis of Thee served as one of America’s unofficial anthems before The Star-Spangled Banner was officially adopted in 1931. Reverend Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics in 1831 for a melody he selected from a German hymnbook, unaware that the tune was already used as the British anthem God Save the King. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted Smith’s lyrics when he spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, calling on the nation to “let freedom ring.”

- Program Note from score U.S. Marine Band concert program, 11 July 2019

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