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"Pomp and Circumstance" is one of a series of marches for orchestra composed by Sir Edward Elgar, his most commonly known piece. "March No. 1 in D", the first of six marches written in 1901, is popularly used as a processional for graduation ceremonies.


  • Sesame Street — the march plays as Queen Quinella shows off her Q-themed throne room. (First: Episode 0164)
  • Sesame Street Episode 2223 — the march is played in a "sour" tone to match the grouch-themed ceremony for graduates of Oscar's New School for Grouch Research.
  • Sesame Street Episode 2565 — Elmo proudly marches through the library to the tune after borrowing his first book.
  • Sesame Street Episode 4260 — a Grouch version of the march is used as Oscar's graduation tune.
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