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John Philip Sousa, American Composer/Conductor Of The Late Romantic Era, The Most Famous Musician In The World In His Day When He Known As "The March King" For His Many Popular Marches, Including "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "Semper Fidelis", "The Liberty Bell" And "The Washington Post" As Seen And Heard Through Two Documentaries: 1) AMERICAN LIFESTYLES: JOHN PHILIP SOUSA, Hosted by E. G. Marshall (Color, 1986, 24 Minutes), and 2) IF YOU KNEW SOUSA (Color, 1992, 1 Hour 12 Minutes) Hosed By Charles Kuralt - All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #JohnPhilipSousa #Composers #Conductors #Freemasons #Romanticism #MartialMusic #MilitaryMusic #AmericanSongbook #MarchingBandMusic #Marches #MarchMusic #Masons #Freemasons #ScottishRite #HiramLodgeNo10 #AmericanMarchMusic #AmericanSongbook #Documentaries #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
John Philip Sousa, American conductor and composer of the late Romantic era known primarily for American military marches, and Freemason (November 6, 1854 - March 6, 1932) was born in Washington, D.C. He was the most famous musician in the world in his day, when he was known as "The March King" or the "American March King" (to distinguish him from his British counterpart Kenneth J. Alford, who is also known as "The March King"). His many popular marches include "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "Semper Fidelis", "The Liberty Bell", "El Capitan And "The Washington Post". 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. He left the band in 1875 and learned to conduct. From 1880 until his death, he focused exclusively on conducting and writing music. He eventually rejoined the Marine Band and served there for 12 years as director, after which he organized his own band. Sousa aided in the development of the sousaphone, a large brass instrument similar to the helicon and tuba. Upon the outbreak of World War I, Sousa was awarded a wartime commission of lieutenant commander to lead the Naval Reserve Band in Illinois. He then returned to conduct the Sousa Band until his death of heart failure at age 77 in his room at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania. On March 15, 1881, the "March King" was initiated to the Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Hiram Lodge No. 10, Washington, DC and later became Master Mason for 51 years.