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Recognition March

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (edited from an arrangement by Gay Corrie)

General Info

Year: ca. 1880
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - Free


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For many years the only suggestion of this composition’s existence was an eleven-measure excerpt which constituted the January 17th entry in Sousa’s musical almanac of 1910, Through the Year with Sousa. Then in 1970, when Sousa’s heirs presented the Library of Congress with manuscripts they had held in storage since 1932, one of the surprises was the discovery of a full set of band parts of an untitled Sousa march. Comparison with the excerpt from Through the Year with Sousa showed the march to be none other than the long-lost Recognition March. The parts were in a copyist’s hand.

An analysis of the march’s form shows it to be of 1880 vintage. It bears no similarity to any of the published Sousa marches of that era, and this gives rise to an interesting speculation. It is entirely possible that Recognition March is a revised version of an unpublished march known as Salutation (1873). Sousa had written Salutation at the age of nineteen for a ceremony in which a new leader of the U.S. Marine Band took command. The new leader had belittled him for his effort. Seven years later, Sousa replaced this same man as leader of the Marine Band. Not being of the inclination to waste music, Sousa may have revised “Salutation” and given it the new name. Thus Salutation would then have finally received its “recognition.”

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 66.