Biography of Sousa John Philip:
Sousa was an American composer and bandmaster who came up through playing in theatre orchestras. After being appointed Director of the US Marine Band in 1880 he went on to form his own band in 1892 through which he began to make a national reputation. Sousa wrote some 130 marches which show his originality, inventiveness and ability to surprise. They have become an essential element of the repertoire of bands throughout the world and have occasionally been transcribed (very successfully) for organ as here.