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Making the March KingJohn Philip Sousa's Washington Years, 1854-1893$
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Patrick Warfield

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037795

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037795.001.0001

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Marching Along

(p.263) Epilogue
Making the March King

Patrick Warfield

University of Illinois Press

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.

Keywords:   John Philip Sousa, March King, theater, Marine Corps

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