Reply To: Patriotic Music
Look into war period songs, that is where most of the songs are from. History channel had a program a few years back called 1812 that had about 10 minutes of it devoted to the SSB. I have played a lot of Civil War with brass bands (Look on Youtube for videos. Olde Towne Brass, 2nd South Carolina String Band, and 1st Brigade Band) Why not have do a folk dance from this time period. I would also look into music of WWII with Glen Miller and USO stuff. Show them part of a Bob Hope USO show. These will really bring home why these songs are patriotic.
For your older students have them create and perform a USO type show. I can be a lot of fun.