20th March 1856
5th June 1908
Josef Franz Wagner was an Austrian military bandmaster andcomposer. He is sometimes known by the sobriquet "The Austrian March King". He is best known for his 1893 march "Unter dem Doppeladler" or "Under the Double Eagle", referring to the double eagle in the coat of arms of Austria-Hungary. The march became a favourite part of the repertoire of American composer and bandleader John Philip Sousa, whose band recorded it three times. The piece was the official regimental march of the Austrian Artillery Regiment Number 2 till its dissolution in 2007.