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Rebecca Falls

The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

Conducted by Rebecca Falls

Biography

Rebecca Falls was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was inspired to become a music teacher

after she joined the Pioneer Indoor Drumline in 2008, which is under the direction of

Adam Hill. Ms. Falls is a percussionist major at VanderCook, but plays the French horn

in the symphonic band. Besides attending classes at VanderCook, she also teaches front

ensembles for both indoor drumlines and marching bands. After she graduates, Ms. Falls

plans on teaching elementary general music and beginning band.

 

Program Notes

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” is a famous march composed by John Philip Sousa. It

was written in 1896 while Sousa was in Europe, after he had become very homesick. As

he thought about how majestic the American flag looked as it waved outside the White

House, the inspiration to write this march came to him. This piece has very recognizable

and memorable melodies that capture Sousa’s love and pride in America.

 
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