Marching Through Georgia

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Clay Work

Henry Clay Work (arr. John Philip Sousa and Brion)

General Info

Year: 1865 / 1891 / 2013
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Willow Blossom Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $72.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-II
B-flat B-flat Cornet III-IV/Trumpets I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on an 1865 song by Henry Clay Work.

- Program Note from score

In 1865 Henry Clay Work wrote his greatest hit, Marching Through Georgia, inspired by Sherman's march to the sea at the end of the previous year. Thanks to its lively melody, the song was immensely popular, its million sheet-music sales being unprecedented. It is a cheerful marching song and has since been pressed into service many times, including by Princeton University as a football fight song.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Sousa’s 1891 instrumental setting of Henry Clay Work’s popular post-Civil War song is scored in the form of a patrol, depicting a parade approaching, passing and finally receding in the distance. In his instrumental adaptation of Work’s song, Sousa has added an extended center section by inserting a Scottish dance and bagpipe drone which later become counterpoint to Work’s resounding “Hur-Rah” theme.Dixie is quoted, finally climaxing with all three tunes heard in combination.

- Program Note from Cockrill Middle School Honors Band concert program, 14 December 2016

This work may also have been entitled The Southern Patrol and Patrol.

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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