Unlike his other band marches, Serge Prokofiev wrote March, opus 99 for concert presentation. It was composed in 1943 and was premiered on a radio broadcast by a band conducted by Major Ivan Petrov, the leading bandmaster of the Soviet Union. The first American performance was presented by the U. S. Combat Infantry Band, conducted by Serge Koussevitzky on May 31, 1945. The famous Boston Orchestra conductor encouraged Prokofiev with his composing for much of his life and was partially responsible for the increased popularity of Prokofiev's music in the United States.
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