Gridiron Club, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Gore)

General Info

Year: 1926 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harold Gore Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The piano score of a march called Universal Peace was discovered among old papers at Sousa's Sand Point estate in 1965. The title National Defense had been crossed out. Sections were almost identical to sections of the march now known as The Gridiron Club., the march Sousa apparently composed shortly thereafter and dedicated to the Gridiron Club, the celebrated organization of journalists in Washington, D.C.

He did almost the same thing with still another mach, one bearing no title. In this instance he used some sections of The Gridiron Club and later used most of the remainder for a march called The Wildcats (1930 or 1931). The end result of this musical juggling was that three separate marches grew from this nucleus: The Gridiron Club, Universal Peace, and The Wildcats. Apparently he felt that The Gridiron Club was the best of the three, because the other two were never published.

Sousa had a long association with the "Griddies," attending their annual meetings faithfully for over forty years. He had composed a humorous song for them, Do We? We Do, thirty-five years earlier. When Sousa died in 1932, a sizable delegation of the organization attended his funeral, and the Gridiron Club Quartet provided the only music.

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


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 24 January 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 12 July 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 49.