John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

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Famous Works Involving Orchestra

Transcriptions of marches including The Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, The Liberty Bell, The Thunderer, and The Washington Post

Fun Facts

  • Sousa was nicknamed the “March King,” because he wrote more than 130 marches for his professional band!
  • He helped develop the Sousaphone, an instrument similar to a Tuba that is still used today in marching bands.
  • Sousa was a talented trapshooter, and he helped organize the first national trapshooting organization.

Get to know Sousa in this video by Columbus Symphony Trumpeter Jeff Korak!

Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring Sousa’s Music

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