Did my relative really play in the Sousa Band?
Q: There are stories in my family about a relative that played with Sousa's Band. Why is my relative not listed in the band roster on your page?
A: The Sousa Band roster included on this site is reproduced from Appendix B of Kenneth Berger's book "The March King and his Band". In his book, Mr. Berger cites many difficulties in creating a comprehensive listing of all the musicians who played in Sousa's Band. It excludes members of his U.S. Marine Band (1880-1892) and members of his "Jackies" band at the U.S. Great Lakes Naval Academy during World War I. It also does not include the many local musicians who were allowed the honor of "sitting in" with the Sousa Band during tour performances. The listing is neither official nor comprehensive, but it is the best listing known to me.