On this day in 1854 the American musician John Phillip Sousa was born in Washington D.C. In his lifetime Sousa wrote 136 marches earning him the moniker "The March King." In 1868 Sousa enlisted in the United States Marine Band as an apprentice. He went on to become a conductor and eventually lead the Marine Band for 12 years. Some of his more well known marches are "The Liberty Bell," "The Thunderer" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." Please enjoy the Youtube link below of the United States Army Field Band performing "Stars and Stripes Forever." Happy Birthday John Phillip Sousa.
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