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Black Horse Troop

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (edited by Frederick Fennell)


General Info

Year: 1924 / 1974
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00 | Score Only - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash)
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Black Horse Troop march was completed December 30, 1924, at Sousa’s Sands Point, Long Island, estate. It was played for the first time about ten months later on October 17, 1925, at a concert of the Sousa Band in the Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio – and I was there. I had not been to such an event as this one. I remember that as Sousa’s march was being played, Troop A rode [their horses] onto the stage and stood behind the band to the tumultuous cheering of all. The March King enjoyed a long relationship with the men and horses of Cleveland’s Ohio National Guard Cavalry, known as Troop A.

It is recommended that both the characteristically loose-slung field drum be used together with the conventional snare drum. The bass drum heads’ tension should be loose, and the instrument should be played with a hard beater.

- Program Note by Fredrick Fennell


March King John Philip Sousa wrote this march in honour of Troop A, or The Black Horse Troop. This was an independent military organisation which was established in Ohio after The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 amongst fears about the military’s ability to maintain law and order. The Black Horse Troop then became part of the Ohio National Guard Cavalry. The remarkable first performance of The Black Horse Troop in 1925 has been documented by legendary band conductor Frederick Fennell, who attended it at the age of 11. At the conclusion of the concert, just before the march was to be played, the whole of Troop A of the Ohio National Cavalry Guard rode their horses onto the stage and stood to attention behind The Sousa Band as Sousa conducted his musicians in the premiere of this elegant, triumphant march.

- Program Note by Suzanne Sherrington and Brendan Champion for the New South Wales Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2014


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Joshua Neuenschwander, conductor) - 1 April 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 18 February 2019
  • Carrollton (Tex.) Wind Symphony (John Whitwell, conductor) - 21 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Cleveland Winds (Cleveland, Ohio) (Birch Browning, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • Augustana University (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Band (Christopher Unger, conductor) – 11 November 2017
  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) – 16 October 2017
  • Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) Concert Band (Milton Lee, conductor) – 8 December 2016
  • Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Ted Shistle, conductor) – 19 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • Riverwatch Middle School (Suwanee, Ga.) Symphonic Band (Matt Koperniak, conductor) – 18 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirt Saville, conductor) - 11 February 2016
  • Truman State University Wind Symphony (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 4 October 2015
  • The Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 28 April 2015
  • Southern Colorado (Canon City) Community Band (Mike Nolan, conductor) - 29 March 2015
  • Cypress (Texas) Symphonic Band (Clancy Weeks, conductor) - 28 March 2015
  • New South Wales (Australia) Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Stephen Williams, conductor) - 17 December 2014 (2014 Midwest Clinic)
  • Cazadero Concert Band (Tony Mazzaferro, conductor) - 3 August 2013
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 18 October 2009
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) - November 2004


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

None discovered thus far.