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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (; November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known primarily for American military marches. He is 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". Among his best-known marches are "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (National March of the United States of America), "Semper Fidelis" (official march of the United States Marine Corps), "The Liberty Bell", "The Thunderer", 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 in 1932. (In the 1920s, he was promoted to the permanent rank of lieutenant commander in the naval reserve, but he never saw active service again.)

Birth and Death Data: Born November 6th, 1854 (Washington, D.C.), Died March 6th, 1932 (Reading)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, conductor, director

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 676 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-306 12-in. 12/15/1904 Invincible eagle march Victor Grand Concert Band Band composer  
Victor A-307 7-in. 8/18/1903 Imperial Edward coronation march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-307 10-in. 8/18/1903 Imperial Edward coronation march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-307 8-in. 9/4/1906 Imperial Edward (coronation) march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-312 7-in. 8/18/1903 Washington Post march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-312 10-in. 8/18/1903 Washington Post march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-312 10-in. 5/28/1926 Washington Post march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor D-312 14-in. 10/26/1905 Washington Post march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-312 8-in. 4/9/1906 Washington Post march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-317-A 7-in. 8/19/1903 By the light of the polar star Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-317-A 10-in. 8/19/1903 By the light of the polar star Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-317-A 12-in. 8/21/1903 By the light of the polar star Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-318-B 7-in. 8/19/1903 Under the Southern Cross Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-318-B 10-in. 8/19/1903 Under the Southern Cross Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-319-C 7-in. 8/19/1903 Mars and Venus Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-319-C 10-in. 8/19/1903 Mars and Venus Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-320 7-in. 8/19/1903 Rose, thistle and shamrock patrol Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-320 10-in. 8/19/1903 Rose, thistle and shamrock patrol Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-338 10-in. 8/24/1903 The bride elect : Selections Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-352 7-in. 8/27/1903 National Fencibles march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-352 10-in. 8/27/1903 National Fencibles march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-352 12-in. 8/27/1903 National Fencibles march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-353 7-in. 8/27/1903 Faith in victory march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-353 10-in. 8/27/1903 Faith in victory march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-353 12-in. 8/27/1903 Faith in victory march Sousa's Band Band composer  
(Results 226-250 of 676 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sousa, John Philip," accessed December 1, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.

Sousa, John Philip. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.

"Sousa, John Philip." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 1 December 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569

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