Celebrating America’s 250th Birthday in 2026
The “Semiquincentennial” or “Sestercentennial” or “Quarter Millennial”

A List of "Just Patriotic Enough" Orchestral Works for a Year-Long

By Retired Major Brian Dix, United States Marine Corps, an independent Conductor & Composer from San Diego California

  In anticipation of America's momentous 250th birthday in 2026, the world of classical music stands poised to create    a year-long celebration extending beyond the traditional festivities of Independence Day. Amidst the grandeur,       there exists a delightful consideration of ‘diamonds in the rough’—musical works that skillfully strike the delicate     balance in concert repertoire of patriotism without veering into the realm of going full-blown “Pops.”