John Philip Sousa Biography

John Philip Sousa was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King" or the "American March King" due to his British counterpart Kenneth J. Alford also being known as "The March King". Among his best-known marches are "The Liberty Bell", "The Thunderer", "The Washington Post", "Semper Fidelis" (Official March of the United States Marine Corps), and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (National March of the United States of America).

Sousa's father was Portuguese and Spanish, his father was born in Seville, Spain and his mother of Bavarian ancestry. Sousa began his career playing violin and studying music theory and composition under John Esputa and George Felix Benkert. His father enlisted him in the United States Marine Band as an apprentice in 1868. After departing the band in 1875, Sousa learned to conduct. From 1880 until his death, he focused exclusively on conducting and the writing of marches. He eventually rejoined the Marine Band and served there for 12 years as director. Source: Wikipedia

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Name:
John Philip Sousa
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Bandleader, Conductor
Ethnicity:
Portuguese American
Date of Birth:
November 6, 1854
Astrological Sign:
Scorpio
Date of Death:
March 6, 1932
Age at Death:
77
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