Program Notes for The Stars and Stripes Forever

Composer: John Philip Sousa
Arranger: John Philip Sousa

On December 11, 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed into law federal bill S.860. The text of this law reads: “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representative of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the composition by John Philip Sousa entitled ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’ is hereby designated as the national march of The United States of America.”

And so this march, which Sousa believed to be divinely inspired, officially took its place in our national heritage.


Ladies and gentlemen, the National March of the United States of America, The Stars and Stripes Forever!

[CONCERT CLOSER ENDING – modify as needed]

Ladies and Gentlemen, in keeping with the tradition of the [name of band] Band, we now close our concert with the band, the choir, and the color guard performing John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever!