Riders for the Flag

Written in 1926 and dedicated to Col. Osmun Latrobe, Regimental Commander and the officers and men of the Fourth U.S. Cavalry.

Sousa was a dedicated horseman, no doubt spurring his musical interest in the U.S. Army's colorful cavalry units. His black Arabian, named Aladdin, who threw him in 1921, permanently injuring his shoulder. He was forced to adopt a conducting style where he swung his arm from the elbow rather than the shoulder.

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  • Year: 1927
  • Key: C major, F major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Perf. Time: 2:19

Comments (1)

  • Natalie


    22 February 2018 at 18:05 |
    This is incorrect; it was not Sousa's horse Aladdin who threw him. It was his horse Patrician Charley.

    Bierley, Paul. John Philip Sousa: American Phenomenon, 111.

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