Mother Goose

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

Subtitle: On Nursery Rhymes

General Info

Year: 1883
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the seldom-used marches in the Sousa Band repertoire was this medley of nursery tunes. Reflecting his sense of humor, Sousa used it in a sly manner. On one occasion, a matinee audience seemed unresponsive. He quietly uttered to the band, “If they’re going to act like children, we’ll give them children’s music! Get up Mother Goose, gentlemen.” This got to be a joke with the bandsmen, and when Sousa appeared to be perturbed with a matinee audience, they would nudge one another and say, “The Old Man’s about ready to give ‘em Mother Goose!”

The nursery tunes included are Come All Ye Young Maids, I’se Come to See Miss Jennie Jones, Little Jack Horner, There Is a Man in Our Town, Our Dear Doctor, and Down in the Meadow.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Syracuse University (NY) Concert Band (Ethan McAnally, conductor) - 29 February 2024
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Michael Scott Butler, conductor) - 15 October 2023
  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Loren Tayerle, conductor) - 16 July 2023
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (East Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) – 21 October 2018
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) Wind Ensemble (Carl T. Rowles, conductor) - 12 October 2017
  • Charleston County (S.C.) School of the Arts High School Wind Ensemble - 2017

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. 60-61.