Program Notes for Liberty Bell March

Composer: Traditional
Arranger: David P. Miller
Published by: Silver Clef Music Publishing, Inc.
Year: 2005

Tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July 8, 1776, when the Liberty Bell pealed from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, summoning the citizenry to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

In 1893, John Philip Sousa had a new march he had written for an operetta that never got financing. Initially, he thought of naming the march “The Devil’s Deputy,” after the operetta for which it was written. However, after Sousa attended an “America” exposition in Chicago and saw a backdrop depicting the bell, and then receiving a letter from his wife, who had watched their son march in a parade celebrating the Liberty Bell, he decided to rename this march The Liberty Bell. It became a huge commercial success for Sousa, and remains popular worldwide today.

Tonight, we have a very special arrangement of this popular tune, and we have with us a special guest soloist Bell-Ringer. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome our special guest Liberty Bell soloist, ____ ______. (Add bio info here if needed)