Print the pdf: John Philip Sousa Coloring Page and color the picture.John Philip Sousa, also known as “The March King” was born on November 6, 1854 in Washington D.C. When Sousa was 13, he wanted to join a circus band. To prevent this, his father enlisted him in the U.S. Marine Corps as an apprentice musician. John Sousa was a bandmaster and composer of military marches and inventor of the Sousaphone. Sousa wrote 136 marches including: Semper Fidelis, Official March of the U.S. Marine Corps; Stars and Stripes Forever, National March of the United States.