Berton Braley (1882-1966)

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
from Eau Claire Leader, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1917, May 30

SOUSA FINISHES TRIUMPH MARCH FOR WISCONSIN

"MUSIC KING" COMPOSES "WISCONSIN FORWARD FOREVER."

MADISON, Wis., May 29.óJohn Philip Sousa, the "march king," has just completed a new
march of triumph, "Wisconsin Forward Forever," dedicated to the students, faculty and alumni
of the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Sousa has always been a great favorite of collegians everywhere, and especially of those
hailing from Madison, Wis. On March 3, in connection with the Wisconsin-Chicago basketball
game, the local Badger alumni attended "Hip, Hip Hooray!" in a body in honor of Mr. Sousa
and later gave a dinner in his honor.

Under Inspiration.

"Wisconsin Forward Forever" has been written under the inspiration of the recent charged
times [on April 6, 1917, America declared war on Germany]. Mr. Sousa, it will be remembered,
writes under inspiration only.

Berton Bradley [Braley], a graduate of Wisconson [1905] and a poet, has written the words
for the new march. Howard Chandler Christy has drawn the title cover. Reports from Madison
are that sheet music will be released next Sunday.

Idea of Senior.

The idea of the new march was Maxson [Maxon] F. Judell's, a senior at Wisconsin....


free online sheet music of this composition

Wisconsin Forward Forever (1917)

words by Berton Braley, music by John Philip Sousa
We're marching on, marching on,
Marching onward to our goal,
Through the dark, through the dawn,
Bold of heart, and strong of soul.
Alma Mater's sons and daughters,
Lift your voices strong and clear.
Keep the swinging chorus ringing,
So the world will hear.

U-rah-rah-rah Wisconsin!
Oh let us shout with faith undaunted.
U-rah-rah-rah Wisconsin!
Then let our banners all be flaunted.
For we'll march along together
As we hear the music play.
Unafraid of wind or weather,
We will fight and win the day.

We'll march on victorious,
Oh Varsity, Varsity fair,
Your name, forever glorious,
Will hearten us to do and dare.
We'll march on victorious,
The cardinal waving in air,
And Badgers all, we'll answer to the call,
And we'll fight for Wisconsin forever.

We'll march on victorious,
Oh Varsity, Varsity fair,
Your name, forever glorious,
Will hearten us to do and dare.
We'll march on victorious,
The cardinal waving in air,
And Badgers all, we'll answer to the call,
And we'll fight for Wisconsin forever.

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