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Experiences of a Bandmaster
John Philip Sousa

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Etext typed by Faith Matievich  

THE EXPERIENCES OF A BANDMASTER 

By John Philip Sousa 

During eighteen years spent in playing music for the masses, twelve
years in the service of the United States and six in that of the
general public, many curious and interesting incidents have come
under my observation. 

While conductor of the Marine Band, which plays at all the state
functions given by the President at the Executive Mansion, I saw
much of the social life of the White House and was brought into
more or less direct contact with all the executives under whom I
had the honor of successively serving--Presidents Hayes, Garfield,
Arthur, Cleveland and Harrison. 

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