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Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (arr. Brion)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Keith Brion)

Subtitle: Introducing Auld Lang Syne

General Info

Year: 1924 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $78.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Regimental Trumpets in F
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Tuba (or Contrabass Clarinet or Bass Saxophone)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company was composed in 1924, and was dedicated to a military unit in Boston, Massachusetts, which bore that name. The company was founded by colonists who had immigrated to America from Great Britain, where the original ‘Honourable Artillery Company of London’ was founded in 1537 by King Henry VIII. The organization in Boston was formed in 1637, and is the oldest chartered military organization in North America. The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts remains active to this day, and serves as Honor Guard to the state’s governor.

While not considered one of Sousa's more well-known marches, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company features the highly recognizable and cherished melody from Auld Lang Syne, which is incorporated into the trio section as well as the final strain.

- Program note by Karissa Higley for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony concert program, 22 December 2012


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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