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The Other March King

A marching band performs at the the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, November 26, 2009. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

In Jaywalking, I seem to be on a march jag. This has to do with the parade that President Trump envisioned, after being in Paris on Bastille Day. In my previous episode, I had John Philip Sousa. In my latest, I have another “March King,” Karl King, ha ha ha. Seriously, King is probably our greatest band man, after Sousa. A kid from Canton, Ohio, he lived from 1891 to 1971. Time was, every band in America played marches by King. I’m not sure what’s going on now. Incidentally, King was a close friend of Meredith Willson, who immortalized the era in The Music Man.

Anyway, there is a lot more in my new Jaywalking — but I especially like the timeout for King’s Invictus.


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