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It's My Party

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Ralph Ford

Arranged by Ralph Ford

General Info

Year: 1963 / 2001
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Drum Set (optional)
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It's My Party is a pop song recorded by multiple artists since the 1960s. The song lyrically portrays the discomfiture of a teenage girl at her birthday party when her boyfriend Johnny disappears, only to surface in the company of Judy, another girl, who is "wearing his ring," to indicate she's replaced the birthday girl as his love interest.

The song's chorus, "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to ... You would cry too if it happened to you!" became a part of American pop cultural language as a phrase used to describe being utterly humiliated and miserable during an event that is supposed to be a happy occasion.

It's My Party was credited to John Gluck, Wally Gold and Herb Weiner, staff writers at the Aaron Schroeder Music firm in 1962. The lyrics were actually written by Seymour Gottlieb, a freelance songwriter. He gave the lyrics to Herb Weiner, with whom he partnered in writing songs, to peddle.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Carlos Gama, Jr., conductor) - 26 June 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 30 August 2016

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