John Philip Sousa

The Romantic Era and Twentieth Century

Sousa's Band

HIs father was a member of the United States Marine Band. At the age of twenty-six, Sousa was named conductor of the United States Marine Band. Before he was a conductor, he was an apprentice musician and studied theory harmony, and composition. Also, he took violin lessons, his primary instrument. He formed a 300 member band of sailors. Sousa was best known for the 136 marches he wrote for his band.
SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever - "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band
Sousa - Washington Post March

Famous Works

Semper Fidelis-a march for band

Manhattan Beach March-for band

Stars and Stripes Forever-a march for band

The Liberty Bell-a march for band

El Captain-an operetta

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