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Making the March King – John Philip Sousa's Washington Years, 1854-1893 - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Making the March King: John Philip Sousa's Washington Years, 1854-1893

Patrick Warfield


John Philip Sousa's mature career as the indomitable leader of his own touring band is well known, but the years leading up to his emergence as a celebrity have escaped serious attention. This revealing biography explains how the March King came to be by documenting Sousa's early life and career. Covering the period 1854–1893, the book focuses on the community and training that created Sousa, exploring the musical life of late nineteenth-century Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia as a context for Sousa's development. The book examines Sousa's wide-ranging experience composing, conducting, and ... More

Keywords: John Philip Sousa, American music, theater, opera house, concert hall, composer, conductor, musical performer, United States Marine Band, Sousa Band

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037795
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Warfield, author
University of Maryland-College Park