Kw-logo-smaller

John Philip Sousa Biography

John Philip Sousa Biography - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Did you know there's an official US march? It's called The Stars and Stripes Forever and was written by the March King, John Philip Sousa. Find out what John's band was the first to do.

John Philip Sousa is the "March King" and one of the most famous American composers and conductors. John was born in Washington, DC on November 6, 1854. On Christmas day, 42 years later, he composed The Stars and Stripes Forever - the official march of the United States. John composed over 100 marches. He also invented the sousaphone (a brass horn instrument.)

John began studying music when he was six. When he was 13, his father enlisted him in the marines after he tried to join a circus band. Almost 10 years later, John was discharged from the marines so he began performing and touring with his violin. Eventually, he began conducting theater orchestras. This led to a job leading the US Marine Band. After two successful tours, John organized his own band. They toured Europe several times and were the first American band to tour around the world.

During World War I, when John was 62, he joined the US Naval Reserve as a lieutenant and was paid $1 a month. After the war, he continued to tour with his band. He also promoted musical education, received several honorary degrees and fought for composer's rights. John died at age 77 in Reading, Pennsylvania after a rehearsal. The Stars and Stripes Forever was the last piece John conducted.

1 Sousa's Band (the band John started) had their own baseball team.

Related Stories:

 

0 Comments

latest videos

F1013733069531

Tunes You'd Never Buy? Vote!

  • Classical music. That stuff puts me to sleep.
  • Jazz. It makes my dog howl.
  • Country. It makes my cat howl.
  • Opera. I can't follow the words!

related stories

Do you know who the poet of the piano is? That'd be Frederic Chopin. They say he understood the p...
Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest known musical composers of the 20th century. Take a...
Some people say the greatest classical composer was deaf his entire life and that he died a poor ...
Micro_mozart-micro
Why does it seem that somone has to die before they become famous? Take classical composer, Mozar...

Random in the forums

Boysrock50
Boysrock50 posted in General:
LIFE
reply 1 minute
Boysrock50
Boysrock50 posted in General:
Sinister :D (bout 5 seconds)
reply 1 minute
Boysrock50
Boysrock50 posted in General:
Just some randomer who drives a car :D
reply 1 minute
Boysrock50
Boysrock50 posted in General:
In the world: Family, who also happen to be the people I hate the most at times :/ friends too.
reply 2 minutes
Boysrock50
Boysrock50 posted in General:
Banned for getting past 666 forum posts
reply 2 minutes

play online games