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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1910 / 1911
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Church
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet (optional)
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in E-flat (or Alto) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenor Horn
Trombone I-II-III
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum

N.B. Instrumentation varies slightly between 1910 original and 2018 Marine Band reconstruction.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Just before embarking on his world tour of 1910-11, Sousa composed this march in honor of the people of Australia and New Zealand, including both in his dedication, "To the Australasians." The title was to have been The Land of the Golden Fleece, but The Federal was suggest to Sousa by Sir George Reid, the High Commissioner for Australia, who heard it in London at the beginning of the tour. The original title was not wasted; Sousa used In the Land of the Golden Fleece later for the second movement of his suite, Tales of a Traveler.

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

On occasion, this march has been referred to as Capitol March.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band


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. 43.
  • Sousa, J. (1911). The Federal March [score]. John Church Co.: [Cincinnati, Ohio].