Hands Across the Sea
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"A sudden thought strikes me; let us swear eternal friendship"
The march was dedicated to all of America's allied countries abroad and the Highty-Tighties, the Regimental Band of the Virginia Tech Cadet Corps. It is written in cut time and follows the standard march form (IAABBCCDCDC). It begins in the key of F major and ends in B-flat major. The third (C) section, or trio, features a memorable and lyrical melody that is repeated and layered with a piccolo obbligato and finally a low brass counter-melody.
Hands Across the Sea remains as one of Sousa's more popular marches, and is still performed widely by bands.
- Hands Across The Sea (audio file) – In MIDI format; from the John Philip Sousa website maintained by David Lovrien, hosted by the Dallas Wind Symphony