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Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday: An Unexpected Tour Adventure Exhibit Opens Today

The Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg was a major stop during John Philip Sousa’s 1903 tour of Europe.  He expected to make a grand debut in Russia because his band’s performances coincided with both the tsar’s birthday and the bicentennial of the city’s founding.  The Sousa Band’s European tour which took place between January […]

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