Rose, Thistle and Shamrock, The

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Keith Brion)

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Subtitle: Patrol of the United Kingdom

General Info

Year: 1901 / 2004
Duration:c. 3:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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Program Notes

Rose, Thistle and Shamrock was composed expressly for the Sousa Band tour of Britain in 1901. It also was known as Patrol of the United Kingdom. The rose is in honor of England [other sources say Canada], the thistle for Scotland, and the shamrock for Ireland. Sousa also wrote the marches The Invincible Eagle and The Pride of Pittsburgh, along with the concert piece The Summer Girl in 1901.

- Program Note Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography

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  • Brazil (Ind.) Concert Band (Matthew S. Huber, conductor) – 2 June 2019
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria, Va.) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) - 15 March 2015
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (James Chesebrough, conductor) - 7 April 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 119.
  • Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Philip Sousa." Accessed 18 March 2015.
  • Sousa, J.; Brion, K. (2004). The Rose, Shamrock and Thistle: Patrol of the United Kingdom [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.