The music and the life of my great grandfather was all about celebrating our freedoms, our military and our proud and glorious history as a nation and as a people.
Sousa was celebrated around the globe not as an apologist for the United States, but rather as an ambassador who let the world know that his young country was strong, was proud and from sea to shinning sea would forever defend her shores.
John Philip Sousa would be horrified today if he saw what the current administration and the progressives in Congress (both parties) were doing to his beloved Country.
Sousa believed in individuals taking responsibility for themselves, small, efficient but unintrusive government, charity by individuals and not the government, freedom of religion, and the ability of every American to run away and join the circus at age 13 and then go on to become one of the most famous musicians and patriots the country has ever known.
In addition to being known as the 'March King', Sousa was also know as 'The Pied Piper of Patriotism'.
John Philip Sousa around 1907
THE PIED PIPER OF PATRIOTISM'
Plaque presented to John from California Assemblywoman Marian LaFollette