Webster's Dictionary defines Americana as "things typical of America." If this broad definition is accepted, all the selections on this album fit into the Americana category. The typical American optimism and spirit is captured in the sweeping melodies and triumphant sonorities of composer James Beckel's American Dream. Typical American patriotism shines through in American "March King" John Philip Sousa's Washington Post. One of his most famous marches, it was written in 1889 and became popular as a dance tune and a march both in the United States and Europe. Directed by Commander Lewis J. Buckley, the United States Coast Guard Band strives to express its great patriotism on this album, Americana.