A Walking Tour

Hill Center @ 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Fall in step with member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides-DC, Dwane Starlin, in character and in uniform as DC native son, John Philip Sousa, as he leads guests on an amazing on-foot expedition highlighting Capitol Hill and the Navy Yard where Sousa was born and raised, including his birthplace and training ground.

Musical history comes to life on a marching tour of the important sites in the life of conductor and composer John Philip Sousa, led by The March King himself well, a close facsimile. Fall in step with member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides-DC, Dwane Starlin, in character and in uniform as DC native son, John Philip Sousa, as he leads guests on an amazing on-foot expedition highlighting Capitol Hill and the Navy Yard where Sousa was born and raised, including his birthplace and training ground. Added bonus: November 6 would have been Sousa s 163rd birthday!

If you can hum the theme song to the iconic television show Monty Python s Flying Circus, you already know something about John Philip Sousa.

Born to immigrant parents from Portugal and Bavaria, Sousa grew up in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol dome. At the age thirteen he attempted to run away with the circus, but (fortuitously) was persuaded to join the U.S. Marine Band as an apprentice musician. Eventually he became its conductor, taking the band to the highest musical and performing standards ever attained by an American military band and serving under five U.S. Presidents.

Sousa enjoyed an equally successful career after leaving the Marine Band, touring the world with his own band. (The group logged over a million travel miles!) A legendary composer, he wrote over 135 marches, Stars and Stripes Forever and The Washington Post March being two of the most famous. Here s a chance to discover sites associated with Sousa s life and times.

This walking tour celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Old Naval Hospital and the 5th anniversary of Hill Center s opening.



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