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The March King Comes to L.A.

October 25, 2009 |  2:00 am

Oct. 25, 1909, Sousa 

The hall, later known as Philharmonic Auditorium, at 5th and Olive.
Oct. 26, 1909, Sousa
Oct. 26, 1909, a Times review.

Oct. 28, 1909, Sousa
Oct. 28, 1909, Sousa
Oct. 25, 1909: John Philip Sousa and his band arrive for a weeklong engagement in Los Angeles. The Sousa band was composed of first-rate players and their skill comes through even on early, primitive recordings.

Notice the variety of the selections. Of course, there are Sousa’s marches, but he has also  programmed Rachmaninoff, Goldmark, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Smetana, Bizet and Chabrier. Sousa is also preparing for production of his new opera, “The Glassblowers.” And he's brought his family along.