What Do We Know About John Philip Sousa?

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John Philip Sousa was born in 1854 in Washington, D. C. His father was a band trombonist. As a teenager, he played in the U. S. Marine Corps Band, and he became its greatest and most famous conductor. To this day, Sousa is considered "The March King," because he had composed one hundred and thirty-six marches. One of his most famous marches is The Stars and Stripes Forever March, which he composed on a steamship while returning from a vacation in Italy. People on the ship said that he paced the deck of the ship a hundred times while trying to figure out the music until it was just right. Sousa was also known for suggesting the bell design of the "Sousaphone. " The Sousaphone is a tuba that members of a marching band use. The Sousaphone's bell is curved, it is easier to carry, and the sound tr


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Where was John Philip Sousa born?
    • A. 

      Italy.

    • B. 

      Washington, D.C.

    • C. 

      Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

    • D. 

      New York, New York.

    • E. 

      Portugal.

  • 2. 
    What band did John Philip Sousa play in?
    • A. 

      U.S. Marine Corps Band

    • B. 

      Green Day

    • C. 

      Hands Across the Sea Band

    • D. 

      Trombone Band

    • E. 

      Sousaphone Band

  • 3. 
    What is Sousa considered?
    • A. 

      The March King

    • B. 

      The greatest and most famous conductor of the U.S. Marine Corps Band

    • C. 

      Inventor of the Sousaphone

    • D. 

      The composer of over one hundred marches

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    What was Sousa's most famous march?
    • A. 

      The Thunderer

    • B. 

      Hands Across the Sea

    • C. 

      El Capitan

    • D. 

      The Stars and Stripes Forever

    • E. 

      King Cotton

  • 5. 
    What is a Sousaphone?
    • A. 

      A telephone that John Philip Sousa used

    • B. 

      A phone that people called John Philip Sousa on

    • C. 

      A marching tuba that is easy to carry, with a curved bell so the sound travels directly ahead

    • D. 

      A saxophone that John Philip Sousa used

    • E. 

      A tuba whose bell points straight up in the air.

  • 6. 
    Where did John Philip Sousa write the Stars and Stripes Forever March?
    • A. 

      Washington, D.C.

    • B. 

      Italy

    • C. 

      On a steamship on his way home from a vacation in Italy

    • D. 

      At a rehearsal

    • E. 

      On the Sousaphone

  • 7. 
    How many marches did John Philip Sousa compose?
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      78

    • C. 

      500

    • D. 

      36

    • E. 

      136

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