Real American Treasure: John Phillip Sousa

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John Phillip Sousa (1854-1932) is best known for composing the famous patriotic tune, "Stars and Stripes Forever." Shortly after he wrote the song, the phonograph was introduced to American Homes. Sousa's work quickly became very famous. 

He was later asked to train musicians for the US Navy band. During his work in the Navy he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Sousa's famous compositions have played on hundreds of mechanical music machines like the ones you can see at the American Treasure Tour.