Stars & Stripes Forever

Lost and Found Sound -- The Fourth of July

John Phillip Sousa in a peaked military hat.

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"Independence Day" was produced by Art Silverman. "Stars & Stripes Forever" was produced by Noah Adams.

From Washington D.C., NPR's Noah Adams reports on the city's patriotic pride this Fourth of July - John Philip Sousa. He was born on Capitol Hill — just a few blocks from the U.S. Marine Barracks. The story goes that when the young Sousa was about to run off with the circus — his father intervened — and marched him down to the barracks to join the Marine Band. John Philip Sousa grew up to lead that band — and write music for it to play — including "The Stars and Strips Forever." Sousa expert Loras Schissel muses about the man and his best known work.

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