John Philip Sousa

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Elementary/primary education Composer of the Week presentation featuring the March King, John Philip Sousa

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John Philip Sousa

  1. 1. The March King<br />John Philip Sousa<br />
  2. 2. Birth/Death Dates<br />Born: November 6, 1854Died: March 6, 1932 Birthplace/Hometown<br />Born: Washington, D.C.<br />Died: Reading, PA<br />Nationality<br />American <br />Style/Period<br />Romantic 1820-1910<br />Basic Information<br />
  3. 3. Interesting Facts<br />Sousa conducted the Marine Band for 12 years, serving 5 Presidents. Also known as “The President’s Own,” the Marine Band became a top level military band under Sousa, making him one of America’s most respected conductors and composers. <br />Known as “The March King,” Sousa composed over 100 marches, in addition to other pieces.<br />In 1893, Sousa worked in with J.W. Pepper to create a marching tuba. Dubbed a sousaphone, this tuba could be played in a standing or sitting position with the bell positioned to project the music over the band. <br />
  4. 4. Famous Works<br />Stars and Stripes ForeverOn Christmas Day 1898, Sousa composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” which eventually became the U.S. national march.<br />Washington Post<br />Semper Fidelis<br />El Capitan<br />The Thunderer<br />

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