Sousa the nonpariel / L'incomparable Souza
The Museum in the Streets
The afternoon concert at Augusta city hall on May 1, 1897, proved to be both popular and historic. On that day the people of Augusta heard the most famous band in the land—Sousa's Band! John Philip Sousa was by the time of his Augusta concert America's "March King," having composed some of his most famous marches: The Washington Post March and Semper Fidelis. These and other marches were performed in Augusta's new city hall, which opened in 1896. This handsome building, designed by noted architect John Spofford, provided spacious offices and an auditorium for the city. Sousa's band enthralled the Augusta audience with spirited music, and his first encore was a new untitled march. Here, at Augusta's city hall in 1897, America heard for the first time Stars and Stripes Forever!
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 44° 18.991′ N, 69° 46.247′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is at the intersection of Cony Street and Willow Street, on the right when traveling east on Cony Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the Old Fort Western parking lot entrance off Cony Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 Cony Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Kennebec Bridge / Le premier pont du Kennebec (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western (within shouting distance of this marker); Birds and Fish of the Kennebec Comfort Magazine / Le Magazine Comfort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le fleuve Kennebec (about 300 feet away); Cushnoc Trading Post / Le Comptoir Commercial De Cushnoc (about 400 feet away); 1775 Quebec Expedition (about 500 feet away); Cushnoc Trading Post (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . .
1. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on November 28, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Philip Sousa. (Submitted on November 28, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever - The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own". (Submitted on November 28, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Inn at City Hall (now an assisted living residence). (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.