John Philip Sousa
4 minutes
Classical music

Sousa is known as "The March King" because his marches were such an integral part of American life in his day; he wrote marches for all manner of occasion. One example is the King Cotton march, which was written in 1895 for the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. Another example is the well-known Washington Post march: this piece was not written in honor of the Marine barracks (the Marine "post", as it were) in Washington as one might imply from its title (and realizing Sousa's strong ties to that place); it was written instead for the newspaper The Washington Post to promote an essay contest sponsored by that newspaper!

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