US Marine Band Launches Sousa's March Mania

32 band marches go head-to-head to see which is America's favorite!

Blue Line Media ImageThe US Marine Band is kicking off March Madness with their own bracket challenge called "Sousa's March Mania". The goal of the challenge is to see which band march is America's favorite!

From their website:

"Every day through April 6, marches will compete head to head while our friends and fans vote which marches advance in the tournament. You can visit the Marine Band website to listen to the competing marches, download a tournament bracket, and vote for your favorites. The champion march will be announced on April 7. In order to win “Sousa’s March Mania” you must obtain a perfect bracket, completed prior to the start of the first game at 9 a.m., on March 7 (honor system). If you win, you’ll be named an honorary “March King” for a day!"

For more info and to download your bracket click here

Here is the first round lineup.
Click each link to hear the marches:

First Round

Game 1, March 7
"Valdres" by Johannes Hanssen
vs
"Review" by John Philip Sousa

Game 2, March 8
"Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"Esprit de Corps" by John Philip Sousa

Game 3, March 9
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa
vs
Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr.

Game 4, March 10
"The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa
vs
Famous 22nd Regiment March by Patrick S. Gilmore

Game 5, March 11
"The Liberty Bell" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"Independentia" by R.B. Hall

Game 6, March 12
"King Cotton" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"Sabre and Spurs" by John Philip Sousa

Game 7, March 13
"Congress Hall" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"Manhattan Beach" John Philip Sousa

Game 8, March 14
"The Honored Dead" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"Revival" by John Philip Sousa

Game 9, March 15
"The Boys of the Old Brigade" by W. Paris Chambers
vs
"Entry of the Gladiators" by Julius Fucik

Game 10, March 16
"The Invincible Eagle" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"The Wolverine" by John Philip Sousa

Game 11, March 17
Entry March of the Boyares by Johannes Halversen
vs
"National Emblem" E.E. Bagley

Game 12, March 18
"The Circus Bee" by Henry Fillmore
vs
"The Fairest of the Fair" by John Philip Sousa

Game 13, March 19
"Guide Right" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"Right Forward" by John Philip Sousa

Game 14, March 20
"The Gallant Seventh" by John Philip Sousa
vs
"The Billboard March" by John Klohr

Game 15, March 21
"The White Cockade"
vs
"Globe and Eagle" by John Philip Sousa

Game 16, March 22
"The Thunderer" by John Philip Sousa
vs
President Garfield's Inauguration March by John Philip Sousa