Monday, July 2, 2012
John Philip Sousa: Patriotic Man, Patriotic Music, Patriotic Life
Photo of USMC Marine Forces Reserve Band courtesy 123rf.com
Today's topic, music, was requested by Riddle Me This from Charleston, South Carolina, @EgoAenigma on Twitter. Since Fourth of July celebrations will be on Wednesday, and a new book has been published about that great patriotic musician, John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), he will be the music topic for today.
At the turn of the 20th century John Philip Sousa was one of the most famous people in the United States and the world. People who didn't know the name of their senator or even the president knew who John Philip Sousa was. His patriotic marches were and still are well-known and well-loved. He conducted over 14,000 concerts around the world in his lifetime, and they were consistent sell-outs averaging 60,000 people in attendance. He also composed other music including songs and operettas.
As a boy, Sousa wanted to join a circus band and attempted to run away at age 13 to join one. So his father assisted him in joining the marines as an apprentice, where his love for his country deepened. After leaving the military, the first band he formed was named Sousa's New Marine Band.
To visit the fabulous website dedicated to Sousa click here. Thanks Riddle Me This, @EgoAenigma on Twitter for today's topic!
What did you learn today?