Washington Post March
John Philip Sousa
"Washington Post March"
Holograph score for piano, 1889
Gift of the Sousa Estate
"March music is for the feet, not for the head," John
Philip Sousa stated. Sousa, the "March King," is best
known for his 136 marches. His genius lay in his skill as a composer
of distinctive melodies shaped into a cohesive and organic whole
such as The Washington Post March shown here. Band music
was so popular in America that esteemed classical musicians developed
professional touring concert bands, and Sousa's was at the forefront.