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Gridiron Club, The (1926)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1926 / 2022
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (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
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 I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor Horn I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


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 march, 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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 26 January 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) – 16 February 2017
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2017 (Presidential Inauguration)

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. 49.
  • Perusal score
  • Sousa, J. (1926) The Gridiron Club March [score]. Sam Fox: Cleveland, Ohio.