Circus Galop from "The Irish Dragoon"

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1915 / 2004
Duration: c. 1:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Two nearly complete versions of this operetta were discovered in the basement of Sousa's Sands Point estate in 1965. One version was written in the hand of another composer, not identified in the manuscripts. The other is in Sousa's hand. His daughter Helen revealed that he had purchased the libretto from Joseph Herbert and that the first composer's work was part of the package received. Sousa evidently set this aside and composed his own music. Among the songs given titles were The Blarney Stone, The Showman's Song, Their Life and Joy, and Whish! Hiroo! The only other selections with titles were the overture and piece called Circus Galop.

The libretto was based on Charles Lever's novel Charles O'Malley. The operetta was to have been programmed in October 1915, but never was.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Vimbayi Kaziboni, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 10 January 2016
  • Fresco (Tex.) Community Band – 4 October 2011
  • Libertyville (Ill.) High School Wind Ensemble (Donald Shupe, conductor) – 17 December 2004 (2004 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 23
  • Sousa, J.; Schissel, L. (2004). Circus Galop: From The Irish Dragoon [score]. Kalmus: Boca Raton, Fla.