American Conductor, Composer & Patriot

John Philip Sousa was born in 1854 in Washington, D.C. and died in 1932. He worked as a theater musician and conducted the U.S. Marine Band before starting his own civilian band in 1892. Sousa toured with his band for 40 years and was indisputably the most famous musical act in the world. He composed 136 marches, 15 operettas, 70 songs and many other pieces.

Timeline of Sousa's life...

National March of the USA

The Stars and Stripes Forever!

Written in 1896, the national march of the USA is arguably the most famous in the world.

New Sousa Book & CD

John Philip Sousa America: The Patriot's Life in Images and Words

John Philip Sousa's great-grandson & Loras Schissel (Library of Congress) have released a fascinating new book/CD combo.

Clippings, stories, photos and keepsakes from the family scrapbook paint a detailed portrait of Sousa's life!

100 Years Ago

The Sousa Band's 1910-11 World Tour made history in many ways.

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Top 10 Recordings

Our picks for the best Sousa CDs available. What do you think?

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