Here is John Phillip Sousa’s famous march, The Stars and Stripes Forever, with words he penned himself. I originally started singing this with an old recording of Sousa’s own band, but don’t always want to haul sound equipment around and I love singing it. The melody covers a two-octave range, so you do need some pipes, but if you’re ukulele is strung with a low-g, you can play the melody solo while having another player fill in on the chords.
- Stars and Stripes Forever – Eb (Original Key) : With this key you could actually sing along with a recording of the march, but I’ve always found a couple of spots high for my voice.
- Stars and Stripes Forever – D (Easier)
- Stars and Stripes Forever – C (Easiest) : Now that I’ve transposed it down, I’m loving how this key feels in my voice (I’m a baritone), and the key makes it super easy to play.
Have fun with it!
Ex amore victoria!