Sousa Elementary is named after John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). He is the best-known name in American band music. He composed over 140 military marches and is known as the" March King." Sousa served as the director of the United States Marine Band for 12 years. Some of his most famous marches are Semper Fidelis, The Washington Post March and Liberty Bell while his most famous is The Stars and Stripes Forever. He also prepared an official arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner for the Army and Navy.