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15093 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). American
composer; "The March King."  Card signed John
Philip Sousa / 1931. 2” X 3.1/2”   $175

John Philip Sousa was born November 6, 1854 in
Washington, D.C. In 1868 he became an apprentice in
the U.S. Marine Band. 1880–1892 he directed the group,
building it into a virtuoso ensemble. In 1892 he formed
his own band and toured internationally. In all, he
composed 136 military marches. He also wrote
operettas. In the 1890s he developed a type of bass tuba
now known as the sousaphone.