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(1854-1932).  American conductor, bandmaster, teacher and author.  Sousa first studied violin, but his gift for mastering wind instruments was evident from an early age. He played in a variety of ensembles, including theater orchestras and military bands, and performed in the festival orchestra conducted by Jacques Offenbach during his North American visit (1876) for the U.S. centennial.

Sousa became conductor of the U.S. Marine Corps Band from 1880-1892, and it was during this time that he established his reputation as a conductor, bandmaster, and composer of iconic American marches. He later organized his own concert band, and his annual tours across North American and Europe in the 1890's and early 1900's created heightened interest and demand for his music. Through these tours, and his recordings, he soon became known as "the March King", and the popularity of his marches - especially "Semper Fidelis", "Washington Post", "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "El Capitan", "The Thunderer", and "The Liberty Bell" remain at the top of any list of his most successful works. 

Related links : U.S Military Singles
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