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John Phillip Sousa
(1854 - 1932)

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1854 Born in Washington, DC, 6 November; son of Antonio, a trombone player in the U.S. Marine band
1860 Begins musical study around age six : studying voice, violin, piano, flute, cornet, baritone, trombone and alto horn.
1867 His father enlists him in the Marines at age 13 as an apprentice after he attempted to run away to join a circus band.
1875 Discharged from Marines; begins touring, performing and conducting (including a stint in Offenbach's orchestra during its American tour)
1879 Marries Jane van Middlesworth Bellis, 30 December
1880 Returns to Washington in September to assume leadership of the US Marine Band.
1892 Leaves the Marine Band to direct his own professional touring band, first concert was performed 26 September
1902 The Fifth String published
1905 Pipetown Sandy published
1910 Through the Year with Sousa published
1917 During World War I, Sousa joins the US Naval Reserve at age 62; he is assigned the rank of lieutenant and paid a salary of $1 per month
1920 The Transit of Venus published
1927 Testifies before Congress for composers rights
1928 Marching Along published
1932 Dies March 6, at age 77, after conducting a rehearsal of the Ringgold Band in Reading, Pennsylvania; is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
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