The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.
I am happy now, to recall that I was not only his son but his companion, and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure, I was always with him.
Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing.
Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you've never been hurt. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.
I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher.
I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent in America than there is in any other country. But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land, a lot of it. Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time.
A band is only as good as its euphonium section.
I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing, and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions than any other band leader in the country.
Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty.
The office of President is a great one; to every true American it seems the greatest on earth. And to me, as I was engaged in weaving a background of music for the pageantry of it, there came a deeper realization of the effect of that office on the man.
From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else.
Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
Sincere composers believe in God.
My religion lies in my composition.
America can well expect to develop a goodly amount of composers for she has a goodly number of people.
Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself.
I can almost always write music; at any hour of the twenty-four, if I put pencil to paper, music comes.
I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect.
No nation as young as America can be expected to become immediately a power in the arts.
Governmental aid is a drawback rather than an assistance, as, although it may facilitate in the routine of artistic production, it is an impediment to the development of true artistic genius.
To the average mind popular music would mean compositions vulgarly conceived and commonplace in their treatment. That is absolutely false.
I think that the quality of all bands is steadily improving and it is a pleasant thought to me that perhaps the efforts of Sousa's Band have quickened that interest and improved that quality.
There is one thing that freezes a musician more than the deadliest physical cold, and that is the spiritual chill of an unresponsive audience!
My success is not due to any personal superiority over other people.
Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.
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