August 30
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We read below about George F. Root who wrote the music for Tramp, Tramp Tramp the Boys Are Marching.  Millions of kids have sung the song in church, but with different words.  Can You Guess the lyrics that children sing to George F. Root's tune?

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1763 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart appeared at a concert in Frankfurt-am-Main at the age of six.  He demonstrated that he had perfect pitch.

1820 - George F. Root, American composer of hymns and such songs as  Battle Cry of Freedom and Tramp, Tramp, Tramp The Boys are Marching was born.

1919 - Kitty Wells (real name Muriel Deason) known as the "Queen of Country Music" was born in Nashville, TN.

1922 - The New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded Tiger Rag, one of the most familiar ragtime jazz tunes ever.

1953 - Gaetano Merola, Italian-American opera director and conductor, died while conducting a concert in San Francisco.

1960 - Kevin Oldham, American composer, was born.
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in his sight .
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
August 30, 1929 was the first performance of the Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March.  The music would not be played again for 59 years.

The Foshay Tower was the first skyscraper built west of the Mississippi and the tallest building in Minneapolis until 1971, the Foshay Tower was intended as a tribute to the Washington Monument. The office tower was the brainchild of Wilbur B. Foshay, a real estate developer who made his fortune in the public utilities business.
Foshay opened the tower with a great celebration.  There would be three days of celebrations, and he wanted a piece of music written to celebrate the opening of the tower, and decided that the man to do the job was March King, John Philip Sousa. The tower was completed, and the dedication was held.  Sousa himself came to the dedication with his 75-piece band and conducted the march.  All together Sousa and his band played 8 concerts in and around Minneapolis during the celebration.
Sousa charged $20,000 for the march and the performances.  Foshay wrote the check, but there were insufficient funds in the account and the check bounced.

Two months after the dedication the stock market crashed and Foshay lost millions. Much of Foshay's money had been made selling stock in his utilities empire, and the company's finances were evidently not sound.  A year and a half later Foshay was convicted of mail fraud and sent to Leavenworth prison.

Sousa was never paid for his work.

Sousa considered renaming the piece The Washington Monument March, but decided that the piece would forever be associated with Foshay.  He decided to withdraw the piece from publication and performance. 

A portrait of Foshay along with Sousa's score of the work hang in the lobby of the building, which has been rennovated as a historic site.
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