John Philip Sousa's Baton

Description
America's "March King," John Philip Sousa, used this silver-tipped baton to conduct his world-famous band. A masterful composer of music to get people moving, Sousa also popularized classical music, first as leader of the U.S. Marine Band and then touring with his own Sousa Band. His stirring military marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever," expressed the nationalistic spirit of their times, but they have also gained an enduring appeal as part of the country's patriotic repertoire.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
baton
user
Sousa, John Philip
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15 in x 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 1.27 cm
overall: 15 3/16 in; 38.57625 cm
ID Number
1987.0142.01
accession number
1987.0142
catalog number
1987.0142.01
subject
Military
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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