Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/11/06

“November 6, 1854” by Rick Sanders

English: was appointed as the 17th leader of t...

English: was appointed as the 17th leader of the Marine Corps Band on 1 October 1880, serving in this position until 30 July 1892. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today in 1854, John Philip Sousa, the American composer is born. Known for his marches, he dies in 1932. Wikipedia says:

Sousa’s father was Portuguese, 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. On leaving the Marine Band, Sousa organized his own band. He toured Europe and Australia and developed the sousaphone, a large brass instrument similar to the tuba. On the outbreak of World War I, Sousa was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander and led the Naval Reserve Band in Illinois. Following his tenure, he returned to conduct the Sousa Band until his death in 1932.

Three of many marches are listed below:

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