Before any of these, there was a band that remained the most popular musical act in the world for over 30 years. The first American musical organization to go on world tour. The first musical act to travel more than a million miles and perform for more than a million people. A band that whose members were the best in the world on their instruments. A band led by a world-famous composer and conductor.
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.
Join us this week on Veterans Radio as we talk about the greatest American march composer, John Phillip Sousa with members of the Washtenaw Community Concert Band about Sousa, his music and their upcoming Sousa concert on Sunday, May 22, 2016.