First Segment – The Life and Music of John Philip Sousa
It was on this day in 1897 in Philadelphia, PA that “Stars and Stripes” was performed publicly for the first time. The occasion was the unveiling of a statue of George Washington and President McKinley was present. The John Philip Souza masterpiece would go on to become the official march of the United States. We take some time to discuss the life, times, spirituality and music of John Philip Souza.