John Philip Sousa got his humble beginning in the band world as a Marine, so it is appropriate that this tribute to his work and service be titled Semper Fidelis. The world will long remember John Philip Sousa as the "March King," which would not be possible without the opportunities afforded to him by The United States Marine Band. Sousa's performances of his own music were very unique, and created the "Sousa Sound." This album, directed by Colonel John Bourgeois, is nothing short of a masterpiece and would have decidedly made John Philip Sousa proud. Although Sousa has since passed, his legacy lives on with The Presidents Own United States Marine Band and on this album, Semper Fidelis.