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 6, 1854 (Washington, D.C.), Died March 6, 1932 (Reading)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, conductor, director, speaker
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Recordings (Results 676-692 of 692 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Edison||11039||10-in.||6/11/1926||Sesqui-centennial Exposition march||Sodero's Band||Band||composer|
|Edison||11040||10-in.||6/11/1926||The Gridiron Club march||Sodero's Band||Band||composer|
|Edison||18458||10-in.||4/29/1928||Stars and stripes forever||Walter C. Simon||Organ solo||composer|
|Edison||18563||10-in.||6/5/1928||Semper fidelis||New York Military Band||Band||composer|
|Edison||18564||10-in.||6/5/1928||King Cotton march||New York Military Band||Band||composer|
|Edison||18656||10-in.||8/16/1928||The stars and stripes forever march||Goldman Band||Band||composer|
|Edison||N-290||10-in.||6/5/1928||Semper fidelis||New York Military Band||Band||composer|
|Edison||N-291||10-in.||6/5/1928||King Cotton march||New York Military Band||Band||composer|
|Edison||N-364||10-in.||8/16/1928||Stars and stripes forever march||Goldman Band||Band||composer|
|Gramophone||0EA857||10-in.||On or before 9/13/1934||Liberty Bell||Band of H. M. Coldstream Guards ; James Causley Windram||Band||composer|
|Gramophone||0B7814||10-in.||7/22/1934||El capitan||Arthur W. Delamont ; Vancouver Kitsilano Boys' Band||Band||composer|
|Gramophone||0B7815||10-in.||7/22/1934||Washington Post march||Arthur W. Delamont ; Vancouver Kitsilano Boys' Band||Band||composer|
|Gramophone||0B7817||10-in.||7/22/1934||King Cotton||Arthur W. Delamont ; Vancouver Kitsilano Boys' Band||Band||composer|
|Leeds & Catlin||9562||10-in.||between late 1908 and early 1909||Fairest of the fair||Band (probably Leeds & Catlin house band)||Band||composer|
|Leeds & Catlin||[L & C cat 197-B]||10-in.||between late 1908 and early 1909||Powhatan's daughter||Band (probably Leeds & Catlin house band)||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CA16797||10-in.||between October 1937 and January 1938||Liberty Bell||Band of the Grenadier Guards [U.K] ; George Miller||Band||composer|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CA17428||10-in.||between March and October 1939||Semper fidelis||Band of the Grenadier Guards [U.K] ; George Miller||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sousa, John Philip," accessed December 10, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.
Sousa, John Philip. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 10, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.
"Sousa, John Philip." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 10 December 2022.
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