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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 - 1942

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

Recordings (Results 301-325 of 685 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2016 10-in. 12/6/1904 Hands across the sea (March) Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2017 10-in. 12/6/1904 El capitan march Sousa's Band ; Victor Orchestra Band composer  
Victor BVE-2017 10-in. 6/15/1926 El capitan march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-2017 8-in. 4/9/1906 El capitan march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-2017 12-in. 10/19/1908 El capitan march Sousa's Band ; Victor Orchestra Band composer  
Victor B-2018 10-in. 12/6/1904 The man behind the gun Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-2018 8-in. 9/4/1906 The man behind the gun Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2019 10-in. 12/6/1904 Hail to the spirit of liberty march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-2019 8-in. 4/12/1906 Hail to the spirit of liberty march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-2020 7-in. 12/6/1904 Semper fidelis march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2020 10-in. 12/6/1904 Semper fidelis march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-2020 8-in. 4/10/1906 Semper fidelis march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2841 10-in. 10/25/1905 Manhattan Beach march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-3261 10-in. 4/9/1906 The free lance march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-3261 8-in. 4/9/1906 The free lance march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-3261 12-in. 4/9/1906 Free lance march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-3896 10-in. 10/15/1906 Semper fidelis march United States Marine Band Band composer  
Victor B-4280 10-in. 3/1/1907 Semper fidelis American Fife, Bugle and Drum Corps [i.e., Victor Drum, Fife, and Bugle Corps] Band ("Drum corps") composer  
Victor B-6558 10-in. 10/21/1908 Fairest of the fair Sousa's Band ; Victor Orchestra Band composer  
Victor B-8522 10-in. 12/30/1909 The glory of the Yankee navy march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-9726 12-in. 12/20/1910 The dwellers of the western world Sousa's Band Concert band composer  
Victor C-9727 12-in. 12/20/1910 The dwellers in the western world Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-9728 10-in. 12/20/1910 The dwellers in the western world Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-9729 10-in. 12/20/1910 Federal march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-10960 12-in. 9/15/1911 Semper fidelis Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
(Results 301-325 of 685 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sousa, John Philip," accessed March 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.

Sousa, John Philip. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.

"Sousa, John Philip." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 March 2021.

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

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