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Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
The June 30, 1925 headline of the Trenton Times proclaimed, “Jazz Always Here Says Bandmaster,” as the Sousa Band was about to premiere John Philip Sousa’s latest music fantasy, Jazz America. Sousa stated, “Like the poor, jazz has always been with us and always will be. The phase of it we are witnessing today will pass, but tomorrow some individual will give it a new label and it will drift along its merry way, a rose under another name, but smelling just as sweet.” This exhibit of music, photographs, and news clippings illustrates the interesting “love-hate” relationship that Sousa had with this uniquely American form of popular music and its impact on how he marketed his band’s concerts.