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John Philip Sousa
November 6, 1854 - March 6, 1932
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

The office of President is a great one; to every true American it seems the greatest on earth. And to me, as I was engaged in weaving a background of music for the pageantry of it, there came a deeper realization of the effect of that office on the man.


My religion lies in my composition.


Sincere composers believe in God.


I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect.


I think that the quality of all bands is steadily improving and it is a pleasant thought to me that perhaps the efforts of Sousa's Band have quickened that interest and improved that quality.


Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music.


I can almost always write music; at any hour of the twenty-four, if I put pencil to paper, music comes.


Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.


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