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Golden Jubilee March (1928)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1928
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sam Fox
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
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 Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To commemorate his fiftieth year as a conductor, Sousa wrote this, one of his most brilliant marches. He was hesitant to compose anything for his own gratification, but reasoned that his public might expect something special. The march was given its premiere by the Sousa Band at the beginning of its engagement at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City on July 29, 1928, and then featured on the 1928 "golden jubilee" tour.

Subtracting fifty years from 1928 gives 1878 as Sousa's first year as a conductor. In actuality, he began his conducting career in 1875 as leader of the orchestra in a traveling company which featured Milton Nobles in the play Bohemians and Detectives, otherwise known as The Phoenix. But apparently Sousa did not consider this conducting per se, because he led the orchestra while playing first violin. As a conductor whose capacity was strictly conducting, his first position was with the Philadelphia Church Choir Company in their production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Their first rehearsals were held in late 1878, Sousa's apparent point of reference.

The inspiration came with considerable difficulty, even for Sousa. He searched for suitable melodies for five months, but nothing was forthcoming. Then suddenly the inspiration came, and within a day's time he had the march sketched in its entirety. His thoughts were recorded in the 1928 tour programs:

"I've always been inspired by the occasion and as I thought of the golden jubilee and of all it meant to me -- fifty years of band [sic] leading -- I seemed to see the world passing in review. There they were, peoples of every land -- on parade, at great music festivals, at expositions, attending the opera, in the home -- listening to a march. So the music took form and then The Golden Jubilee March was ready for placing on paper."

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 27 June 2021 (Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts)
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Bryan P. Sherlock, conductor) – 6 June 2019
  • Jackson (Miss.) State University Symphonic Band - 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bierley, Paul E. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, pp. 48.
  • Sousa, J. (1928). Golden Jubilee: March [score]. Sam Fox Pub. Co.: Cleveland, Ohio.