Sousa, John Philip

[ (sooh-zuh, sooh-suh) ]

An American bandmaster and composer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Called the “March King,” he wrote marches such as “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Semper Fidelis,” and “The Washington Post.”

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