Tune of the Day: The Liberty Bell March
John Philip Sousa composed this military march in 1893. It was originally written for Sousa's unfinished operetta The Devil's Deputy, but financing for the show fell through. Shortly afterwards, Sousa and his band manager George Hinton attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. As they watched the spectacle “America”, in which a backdrop depicting the Liberty Bell was lowered, Hinton suggested “The Liberty Bell” as the title of Sousa's recently completed piece.
The march is now most often associated with the British TV comedy program Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74), which used the piece as a signature tune.
Thanks to Steve for suggesting this piece!