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John Philip Sousa
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Composer
    (November 6, 1854-March 6, 1932)
    Nickname is 'The March King'
    Composed 136 marches
    Composed 'King Cotton (1895),' 'Gladiator (1886),' 'Semper Fidelis (1888),' 'Crusader (1888),' 'Washington Post (1889),' 'Thunderer (1889),' 'High School Cadets (1890),' 'Belle of Chicago (1892),' 'Liberty Bell (1893),' 'Manhattan Beach (1893),' 'Stars and Stripes Forever (1896),' 'El Capitan (1896),' 'Invincible Eagle (1901),' 'Fairest of the Fair (1908),' 'Glory of the Yankee Navy (1909),' 'Black Horse Troop (1924)' and 'George Washington Bicentennial (1930)'
    At thirteen he tried to run away from home to join the circus band (1867). His father then enlisted him in the Marines (1867).
    Although only known for his marches, he composed waltzes, operettas and classical music.
    The sousaphone was invented by Ignaz Stowasser, not him (1849). He modified it and renamed it after himself.
    The marines told him to renamed his civilian band 'Sousa's New Marine Band.'
    He conducted Gilbert & Sullivan's play 'H.M.S. Pinafore' on Broadway (1875).
    He lead the United States Marine Band under five United States presidents (1880-92).
    He received the rank of Navy Lieutenant during World War I.
    He testified before congress for composers' rights (1927 and 1928).
    He was a charter member of 'ASCAP' (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).
    His 'Liberty Bell March' is the theme for ' Monty Python's Flying Circus.'
    Research: Tim Howard
    In 2018, Out of 16 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 27 Votes: 70.37% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 19 Votes: 89.47% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 125 Votes: 63.20% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 57 Votes: 64.91% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 35 Votes: 62.86% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 28 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 28 Votes: 53.57% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 60 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 52 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 48 Votes: 54.17% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 104 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 128 Votes: 48.44% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 230 Votes: 49.13% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 289 Votes: 43.94% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 604 Votes: 43.87% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1456 Votes: 41.28% Annoying
 
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