Lead: On May 14, 1897 John Philip Sousa stood at the podium of the Philadelphia Academy of Music, lifted his baton and began leading his greatest march. Two encores later the crowd was still on its feet.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The son of immigrants, Sousa grew up in Washington, DC around military band music. His father played trombone in the Marine Band. The boy's musical study began at the age of six. Work with voice, violin, piano, flute, cornet, trombone and the alto horn demonstrated his prodigious ability and he was soon taking engagements as an orchestral violinist, doing some conducting and turning out primitive compositions.