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King Cotton


Music: John Philip Sousa (arr.: Ole Bollom)

«King Cotton» is an incredibly good march composed by John Philip Sousa in 1895 for “The Cotton States and International Exposition” in Atlanta, Georgia. Sousa’s own band, “The Sousa Band”, was engaged to play at the exhibition, but the organizers had financial problems and wanted to break the agreement. Sousa did not accept that and the result was that the band attracted so many spectators that the exhibition was a huge success, also financially. Sousa wrote a march he called “King Cotton”. King Cotton is an expression of the enormous economic importance of cotton in the southern United States. Here is this march in a five-part flexi-arrangement with percussion and a bells part. In addition, it has an aspirant part for the youngest musicians.

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