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John Philip Sousa
A stroll through any public park on a warm summer's evening in 1900 was very often set to the musical accompaniment of an outdoor band concert. The master of the outdoor band performance was John Philip Sousa. Sousa was referred to as the March King. A Sousa concert was sure to inspire patriotic pride in all attendees. Relying on booming brass instruments for maximum volume in wide open spaces, Sousa, a former US Marine Corps Band conductor, led stirring interpretations of traditional and original marches. His pieces were optimistic and proud. Among his better known works were "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "Semper Fidelis," and "Washington Post March."