JOHN PHILIP SOUSA COMMISSIONED AS A NAVAL LIEUTENANT
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, May 31, 1917, John Philip Sousa* was commissioned as an officer of the United States Navy with the "provisional" rank of lieutenant of the Naval Coast-Defense Reserve.
Mr. Sousa became famous as conductor of the United States Marine Band. The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that he would go to New York on June 1, 1917 to "assemble a carload of music for the bandsmen."
John Philip Sousa said...
"I'm going to test the patriotism of every music publisher in the east with a good tune on his shelves by asking them to contribute the music for the boys at Lake Bluff."
*John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) was born in Washington, D.C. He studied violin, voice, piano, flute, coronet & trombone as a child. JPS conducted the United States Marine Band 1880-1892. JPS led "the President's own" during 5 administrations.
After leaving the Marine Band, he formed the Sousa Band which gave more than 15,000 performances around the world 1892-1931.
"Lieut Sousa Of The Navy If You Please", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 1, 1917.
John Philip Sousa (1900)
Photo by E. Chickering, Boston
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