John Philip Sousa, 1900
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A page from the score of a march entitled, "Fairest of the Fair."  Initialed by Sousa and dated July 6, 1908, Saranac Lake. 
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Born: November 6, 1854

Died: March 6, 1932

Married: Jane van Middlesworth Bellis

Children: John Philip, Jr., Jane Priscilla, and Helen

John Philip Sousa was a composer and conductor known primarily for marches; he was known as "The March King."  Among his best-known marches are "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "Semper Fidelis", and "The Washington Post March".  He also invented the sousaphone.

With his family summered on Upper and Lower Saranac Lakes in the early 1900s.

New York Times, July 12, 1908

...Mrs. John Philip Sousa and Miss Helen Sousa have arrived at the Ward camp near Saranac Inn, which they will occupy for the Summer. Hamilton Abert of New York is a guest at the Sousa Camp...

New York Times, August 2, 1908

John Philip Sousa., Miss Helen Sousa and Thomas Marsalis have joined Mrs Sousa and her guests at the Ward Camp, near Saranac Inn.

New York Times, August 23, 1908

...Mr. and Mrs. Warner Howell, who are in camp on Upper Saranac Lake, entertained at a dance dinner in honor of their daughters, Miss Esther Howell and Miss Isabelle Howell. …Mr. and Mrs. John Philip Sousa were among those who brought their guests to the ball…

New York Times, August 30, 1908

Mrs. John  Philip Sousa is entertaining a continuous house party of young people at the Ward Camp, near Saranac Inn.

Lake Placid News, August 4, 1919 (reprinted August 4, 1939)

Sousa's Band at Saranac

The name of Lieut. John Phillip Sousa is a household word in every part of the civilized world, and he has certainly done more to educate the great masses in music than [any] other living man. Sousa's music is different from other band music because Sousa's instrumentation is more elaborate than that of others, and his resources for producing effects are much more elaborate than is usual with either bands or orchestras.

This, together with the unequalled excellence of the individual players, is a reason why there is so much enthusiasm and enjoyment at a Sousa concert.

Sousa and his band will play at the Pontiac Theater on Monday, August 11, matinee and evening, for the benefit of the General hospital.

Lake Placid News, August 10, 1934

Sousa in Saranac

John Philip Sousa, ranked as the greatest band leader and composer of band music of the present day, was heard by a large audience at the Pontiac Theatre at Saranac Lake Monday night. It was a scheduled appearance of the famed bandmaster on his 12th Trans-Continental Tour of the country, featuring an organization of sixty musicians.

Lake Placid News, August 4, 1944

Lt. John Philip Sousa and his band will play at Saranac Lake's Pontiac Theatre Beautiful on August 11 for the benefit of the General Hospital.