This epilogue argues that John Philip Sousa came of age neither as a bandmaster nor as the March King. As a young man he was a theater musician training at Ford's Opera House, apprenticing on the road, and earning a place in the trade of music in Philadelphia's playhouses. Given his current fame, all of these experiences seem to pale in comparison to Sousa's Marine Corps apprenticeship and the foreshadowing example of his father's career. But in the March King's success, it is the theater that resounds most strongly. His greatest ambitions were for the stage, his greatest successes in dramatically inspired marches, and his greatest fame as a theatrical persona.
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