John Philip Sousa was born in Washington DC in 1854.

At age 13, he was enlisted in the Marines, but was discharged at the age of 21. Later, however, he formed his famous Marine Band which had its First Performance in 1892. The band later went on three European Tours, and a World Tour in 1910. Sousa wrote famous marches, including "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Sousa was inducted into "The Eccentric Bachelor's American Folklore Hall of Fame" in August 2001. The Eccentric Bachelor's Fourth of July Site is named after the American Composer.


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