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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Gore)

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Subtitle: A March of the States

General Info

Year: 1916 / 1989
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pender Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $40.00


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Program Notes

The subtitle of this piece, "A March of the States," caused confusion because Sousa's incidental music for the Hip Hip Hooray show at the New York Hippodrome was also called March of the States The inspiration came from the text of a 1915 speech by President Woodrow Wilson in which he declared, "Our whole duty for the present is summered up in the motto 'America First'."

A dual premiere took place as Washington's birthday was celebrated on February 22, 1916. Sousa's Band played the march at the Hippodrome while the U.S. Marine Band played it in Washington at the national convention of the Daughters of the American revolution. The march was dedicated to Mrs. William Cumming Story, president of the D.A.R., and included brief passages of Maryland, My Maryland and Dixie.

- Program Note from John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works


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State Ratings

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  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 26 October 2016
  • Flint (Mich.) Concert Band (Bruce Nieuwenhuis, conductor) – 6 May 2016
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Budd, conductor) – 8 November 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 33.