Kansas Wildcats March

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Gore)

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General Info

Year: 1931 / 2005
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harold Gore Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00

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On October 10, 1928, at a Sousa Band concert in Manhattan, Kansas, Sousa was presented a handsomely bound petition requesting that he compose a march for the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. A march was subsequently dedicated to the college, but it was not the one written in response to the petition.

Fragments of two manuscripts of the march originally intended for the college bear the titles The Wildcats and The Wildcats of Kansas March. A copyist's manuscript of the later march, the one which was eventually dedicated to the college, sheds light on what might have happened. The title of this march, The Sword of San Jacinto, was crossed out and above it was written Kansas Wildcats. The retitled march was then published under its new name. A publisher's note penciled on the front page reads: "Mr. Sousa agree in letter. Contract under way."

- Program Note from Kansas State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 12 March 2016

The Kansas Wildcats (sometimes called The Kansas Wildcats March) is a march composed by John Philip Sousa. He composed the song after a petition from students and faculty from the Kansas State Agriculture College (now called Kansas State University) when Sousa brought his band to Manhattan, Kansas, in 1928. The song was completed and then dedicated to the college in 1930. The piano score arrived at the college in 1931 and has become an integral part of Kansas State Wildcats football games and lore.

After Sousa's death, the score was one of many that became accidentally mixed with other writings by Sousa which resulted in decades of confusion about his final works. Years of sorting and review of over 9,000 pages of his work were assembled and reviewed by multiple music librarians including staff from the Library of Congress.

Over the years, the song has been performed outside of Kansas State events to showcase the works of Sousa.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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