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Comrades of the Legion (2019)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1920 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Free

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Immediately after World War I, Sousa was besieged by such a flood of requests for new marches that he could scarcely have fulfilled them all. One, however, took top priority – a solicitation from the executive staff of the newly formed American Legion. The request was filled promptly. Sousa was enthusiastic about the American Legion because it promoted 100-percent Americanism and because it was a veteran's group. Little could have appealed to him more.

On the first piano manuscript was the notation:

To the American Legion
Comrades of the Legion

The title was changed on a later manuscript:

To my comrades of the American Legion
The American Legion March

When the published version appeared, the original title was restored. By the time it was printed and distributed, Sousa was an honorary member of five different Legion posts.

A recording of the new march was made by the Sousa Band, and half a million copies were sold in advance of the actual pressing. The sale was no doubt helped along because the composition was one of the featured numbers of the 1920 Sousa Band tour.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor) - 15 January 2023
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 26 August 2021

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. 39.
  • Sousa, J. (1920). Comrades of the Legion [score]. Sam Fox: [s.l.].