JOHN PHILIP SOUSA, conceded as being one of the greatest band leaders in the world, won his fame while leader
of the United States Marine Band at Washington, District of Columbia. He was not originally a band player but was
a violinist, and at the age of seventeen he was conductor of an opera company, a profcssion which he followed for
several years, until he was offered the leadership of the Marine Band at Washington. The proposition was repugnant
to him at first but he accepted the offer and then ensued ten years of brilliant success with that organization.
When he first took the Marine Band he began to gather the national airs of all the nations that have representatives
in Washington, and compiled a comprehensive volume inchiding nearly all the national songs of the different nations.
He composed a number of marches, waltzes and two steps, prominent among which are the "Washington Post,"
"Directorate," "King Cotton," "High School Cadets," Belle of Chicago," "Liberty
Bell March," "Manhattan Beach," "On Parade March," "Thunderer March," "Gladiator
March," "El Capitan March," etc. He became a very extensive composer of this class of music.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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