John Philip Sousa 1854-1932
(November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known particularly for American military and patriotic marches.
Because of his mastery of march composition and resultant prominence, he is known as "The March King".
In public he was typically referenced by his full name.
John Philip Sousa literally continued conducting up until his death.
He died suddenly after leading a band rehearsal.
The final piece he conducted at the rehearsal was "The Stars and Stripes Forever
- National March of the United States.