1801 - Washington D.C.
John Philip Sousa, born a few blocks away from the Marine Barracks, in SE Washington, joined the Marines as a musician apprentice at age 13. Most famous for composing marches the most familiar to my ear is The Washington Post March - for a newspaper? Awesome!. He also composed a march for the Wildcats of KSU and of course, Semper Fidelis for his loved Marine Corps.
Who doesn't love a parade? Especially as bayonetted rifles are being flung through the air!
Last Friday I had the chance to sneak into the Marine Barracks for a standing room spot to watch the Marine Corps Evening Parade. While the Barracks and Commandant's Residence are historic (Thomas Jefferson selected this site for the barracks in 1801) and stately in their own right - the architectural experience really belongs to the formation and drilled movements of the Marines.