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Music - December 9, 2011

Q: American composer and concert band leader John Philip Sousa composed nearly 140 marches, including one for Kansas State University. What's the name of the march he created for K-State?

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A: "Kansas Wildcats March"


In October of 1928, John Philip Sousa was scheduled to make an appearance at K-State. The student body presented a purple suede-bound petition to Sousa asking that he compose a march for the school. He did. Less than three years later, the piano arrangement of the Kansas Wildcats March arrived at the school. It's now an integral part of the pre-game show at every football game.


In 1911, Sousa embarked on a world-wide tour. The tour included three stops in Kansas - Pittsburg, Leavenworth and Parsons.


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