Glory of the Yankee Navy, The (arr Fennell)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Frederick Fennell)

General Info

Year: 1909 / 1984
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
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 Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets/Trumpets I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The musical comedy The Yankee Girl was in need of a spirited march, so Sousa was prevailed upon to provide one. The march, one of Sousa's most interesting musically, was dedicated to the star of the show, Blanche Ring. Lyrics were provided by Kenneth S. Clark. The title underwent a process of evolution. The earliest known manuscript was labeled "Uncle Sam's Navy." Prior to the opening, newspapers referred to the march as The Honor of the Yankee Navy.

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

Despite Sousa’s distinguished military career, The Glory of the Yankee Navy was not written to celebrate the United States’ ocean-going armed forces. Rather, it ties into Sousa’s long-standing love of musical theatre. In 1909 a singer and actress named Blanche Ring was the toast of Broadway. That year, she was preparing a new musical called The Yankee Girl, set to open in 1910. When her director decided the show needed a march, Sousa agreed to write one, dedicated to Ms. Ring. The Glory of the Yankee Navy is the charming result.

- Program Note from Dallas Winds concert program, 16 November 2021


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) - 2 October 2023
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Lewis J. Buckley, conductor) - 13 October 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 22 February 2019
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor)– 11 June 2017
  • United States Coast Band (New London, Conn.) (William Boughton, conductor) – 23 April 2017
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Budd, conductor) – 31 January 2016
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 30 June 2015
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 8 March 2015
  • Lakeland (Fla.) Senior High Wind Symphony - 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, p. 47.
  • Sousa, J.; Fennell, F. (1984). The Glory of the Yankee Navy: March [score]. John Church: Bryn Mawr, Penn.