Sheridan's Ride

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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General Info

Year: 1908
Duration: c. 6:49
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Church
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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1. Waiting for the Bugle
2. The Attack
3. The Death of Thoburn
4. The Coming of Sheridan
5. The Apotheosis


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Tenor Horn
Trombone I-II-III (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef) I-II

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sheridan’s Ride is one of a number of pieces that Sousa wrote for which he drew inspiration from a literary source. The piece is divided into five “scenes historical:”

I Waiting for the Bugle
II The Attack
III The Death of Thoburn
IV The Coming of Sheridan
V The Apotheosis

Sousa drew his inspiration for these five scenes from Thomas B. Read’s stirring Civil War poem, Sheridan’s Ride. Sousa well remembered General Sheridan’s famous ride, because it took place near his native Washington, D.C. when he was nine years old.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 7 January 2018
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria, Va.) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 31 October 2015

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. 87.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Philip Sousa." Accessed 22 October 2015.
  • Sousa, J. (1908). Sheridan's Ride: Scenes Historical [score]. John Church: [s.l.]