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Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
French hornist John Jacob Mountz (1898-1967), after graduating from Decatur, Illinois High School, enrolled at the University of Illinois as an engineering student and played first horn in the Illinois Band under direction A. Austin Harding. Mountz left the University of Illinois in January 1923 without finishing his degree and moved to Chicago to continue studying horn under Mr. DeMare of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In March of that year Harding recommended Mountz to John Philip Sousa, and in September Mountz was invited to join the Sousa Band by band manager Jay Sims. He accepted Sousa's invitation and toured with the Sousa Band between October 1923 and March 1924. After leaving the Sousa Band he took different positions playing horn in Richmond, VA, Washington DC, and Chicago. This exhibit chronicles Mountz's music career through photographs and correspondence, and highlights his unique professional relationship with Harding and Sousa.