John Philip Sousa

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3:22 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Marches Madness: John Philip Sousa's 'Washington Post'

Circa 1910: A program advertising John Philip Sousa and his band.
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Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 3:25 pm

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
12:59 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

John Philip Sousa on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: July 7th at 5 pm

John Philip Sousa

The circus came to town, and the music director, walking through the streets, heard a violin beautifully played from a house he was passing by. He knocked on the door, and offered a job to the 13-year-old boy who was practicing. The boy, always independent (he had started his own dance orchestra two years earlier), decided to run away the next day and, yes, to join the circus. But his father got wind of it and the next morning marched him to the Marines, apprenticing him to the band there. The father could do that, because he played trombone in the United States Marine Band.

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