20 January 2009


In the musical prelude at the inauguration, musicians would recognise the strains of Ralph Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite.

Seems a bit of an odd choice for an American ceremony until you realise the thing is full of beautiful euphonium lines.

WTF  you are undoubtedly thinking.  Who cares about that?

That starts to make more sense when you realise that the director of the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own”, is the former principal euphonium player with the band.