Happy Birthday, John Philip Sousa!

“The March King” was born 160 years ago on November 6, 1854. Musically talented and homeschooled as a child, he grew up to be a world-famous American band conductor who composed over 100 popular marching songs. Read his biography here. You can also download the following story written by Sousa himself: John Philip Sousa: Experiences of a Bandmaster. (Five entertaining anecdotes, good for reading to kids.) Kids can have fun playing an online SousaPalooza game. And be sure to listen to some of Sousa’s music to celebrate his birthday today!

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