For centuries, marches have been connected with military and ceremonial occasions as they have provided the rhythmic counterpoint to battle, to coronations ceremonies, weddings and funeral processions. However, throughout the years, Marches have become more than just a militaristic music. Today, marches inspire, cheer, and speak a language that bridges nations, cultures and creeds. Sound Off! is a collection of marches that invites the inevitable comparison of style, tempo and harmonic structure, most of which are original compositions for band. Performed by The "President's Own" United States Marine Band and conducted by Colonel John R. Bourgeois, Sound Off! is an incredible display of skill, hard work and incredible musicianship. As this parade of international marches passes by, perhaps listeners will gain new insight to the timeless genre in which the heartbeat is time.