John Philip Sousa
1854 - 1932

Mr. Sousa, known as the "March King" throughout most of the world, was born in Washington, DC. He developed his craft as the leader of the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 to 1892. Upon leaving the Marine Band, he formed his own band and toured the world, bringing music to the masses in the pre-radio and TV age. In addition to over 100 marches, he also wrote comic operas (El Capitan) and popular songs. It is not uncommon for European audiences to rise on the playing of "The Stars and Stripes Forever". They believe it to be the national anthem of the United States.

If you're interested in information on the March King, you might want to check out the Marine Band Web site.

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