Listen: John Phillips Sousa, United States, Naomi Lewin discussed on Classics for Kids
"Only one piece of music has been declared. The official March of the United States honoured on a postage stamp and engraved on John Philip Sousa's tombstone. Sousa wrote the stars and stripes forever down on paper on Christmas day, eighteen ninety six, but he actually composed the March all of it in his head. I while Sousa was on vacation in Europe. He heard that back in the states, his business manager, the man who organized all his band tours had died. So Sousa caught the next ship home to America. The moment he got on board Souza's started hearing a band in his head playing a March. As soon as the ship docked sues went to his hotel and wrote down that March. He named it the stars and stripes forever after the American flag. He was so glad to see when he got home."