The John Philip Sousa Foundation is proud to be the sponsor of a very special event occurring June 28, 2022 in Athol, Massachusetts – The John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band. This group will be performing in historic Memorial Hall in Athol on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 5pm and will consist of over 90 high school students selected, by audition, from across the country. The band is being conducted by Colonel Michael J. Colburn, former Director of the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Memorial Hall was the site of several performances by the original Sousa Band conducted by “The March King”. John Philip Sousa himself. The Sousa National High School Honor Band was formed in 1981 and met biannually for over twenty years under the direction of Col. John R. Bourgeois, former conductor of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band of Washington, D.C. It is a free concert, open to the public.