Thunderer, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Keith Brion and Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1889 / 1998
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe I-II
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 I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum


  • B-flat Clarinet II-III, m.106, beat 2: C should read D (both octaves)
  • Horns in F I-II, m.92, beat 2: F sharp should read G sharp

Program Notes

The Thunderer was Mrs. John Phillip Sousa’s favorite march. Their daughter Helen revealed this, who had surmised that The Thunderer might have been her father’s salute to the London Times, which was known as the “thunderer.” It was since then determined that Sousa probably had no association with the newspaper at that time, however. The “thunderer” might have been one of the ones in charge of making arrangements for the 1889 conclave — in particular Myron M. Parker, who worked tirelessly to make the event the spectacular success that it was.

In the second section of the march, Sousa included an adaptation of earlier trumpet and drum piece, Here’s to Your Health, Sir!

- Program note by Paul E. Bierley

To Columbia Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, Washington D.C.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Sousa, J.; Brion, K; Schissel, L. (1998). The Thunderer. [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • The Thunderer. Wikipedia. Accessed 24 October 2018