On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress authorized a brand-new flag – the Stars and Stripes — for a brand-new nation, the United States of America. Though President Woodrow Wilson established June 14 as Flag Day with an official proclamation in 1916, it was not until 1949 that June 14 was established as National Flag Day by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman. By the time Flag Day was officially established, some of our country’s most well-known patriotic music had been written.
How did it all start, you ask? Well, let me tell you. It all began about a few thousand years ago when pagan songs were sung to celebrate the Winter Solstice, around December 22, while dancing around stone circles. A carol, also called a “noel,” actually refers to a dance or song of praise and joy, and used to be written for all four of the seasons; however, the Christmas season has been the only one where the tradition survives.
Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. in 1854, on G Street near the Marine Barracks. His father, Antonio, played trombone in the U.S. Marine Band, and John Philip grew up surrounded by military music.
By the 1970s there were many traveling groups — some family quartets, some all-male quartets, and even mixed trios were seen traveling to churches and conventions across the country.
Many people like to lump various styles of music together in one large category and simply call it “gospel,” but this does a huge disservice to those who are searching specifically for a particular type of gospel music. The term “gospel” can be divided equally among three specific genres: Southern Gospel, Black Gospel, and Mountain Music.
Do the names Blackwood, Goodman, Gaither, or Speer mean anything to you? If you grew up in the South, they probably do. These are some of the most recognizable “southern gospel” family quartets that have ever performed.