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
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
ID Number
1987.0142.01
accession number
1987.0142
catalog number
1987.0142.01
Credit Line
John Philip Sousa III and Thomas A. Sousa
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
National Treasures exhibit
Music & Musical Instruments
Military
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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