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  
(Results 676-692 of 692 records)

Citation

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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