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Homeward Bound (1891-1892)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1891-1892
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unpublished

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe (Clarinet II)
Bassoon (Baritone)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet (Tuba)
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet (optional)
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The only clue to the existence of this unpublished march was a mention in the list of compositions given in Sousa's autobiography, Marching Along, until manuscripts turned up in the basement archives of the Sands Point home in 1965. Several copyists' manuscripts for band bearing the names of U.S. Marine Band musicians were found. Marine Corps enlistment records for these men are incomplete, so establishing an exact date for the composition is improbable unless other manuscripts are someday discovered. Inasmuch as it was written while Sousa was leader of the Marine Band, it would seem that it would have been written during the homeward leg of one of the Marine Band tours (1891 and 1892) or perhaps in the return from the engagement in Fayetteville, North Carolina (1889).

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

Commercial Discography


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. 51-52.