Tune of the Day: The Pathfinder of Panama
One of twelve marches Sousa composed for various expositions or fairs, “The Pathfinder of Panama” was dedicated to the Panama Canal and the Panama-Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. The march was composed at the request of Walter Anthony, a reporter for the San Francisco Call. The newly-constructed Panama Canal was the pathfinder of the title; it shortened the ocean voyage between San Francisco and New York by 8,000 miles.
Thanks to Elan for suggesting this piece!