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Keeping Step with the Union

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Keith Brion)

General Info

Year: 1921 / 2012
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $76.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


doubling Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The inspiration for this march probably came from an 1855 address by the American congressman and raconteur Rufus Choate. This excerpt from the address is printed on the sheet music: "We join ourselves to no party that does not carry the flag and keep step to the music of the Union." This composition was dedicated to Mrs. Warren G. Harding, wife of the president, and Sousa added his own patriotic verses.

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


State Ratings



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  • Ohio University (Athens) Wind Symphony II (Richard Suk, conductor) - 7 November 2021
  • New Jersey Wind Symphony (Ocean Grove) (Christian Wilhjelm, conductor) - 1 July 2021
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Jay S. Gephart, conductor) - 28 April 2021

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. 55.
  • Perusal score