(1854-1932) US bandmaster and composer of marches. He wrote ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever!’ 1897.
He became known as a brilliant bandmaster during his tenure as leader of the Marine Band 1880–92. He went on to form the Sousa Band 1892 and toured internationally with this group until his death. In addition to about 140 stirring marches, he composed operettas, symphonic poems, suites, waltzes, and songs.