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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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General Info

Year: 1929
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Church
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sousa considered the University of Illinois Band the finest college band in the world and had great admiration for its director, A. Austin Harding. Some of Sousa's musicians were graduates of Harding's band, and others had studied at the university in off-season.

This march was completed on June 6, 1929, and given its premiere at a Sousa Band broadcast June 17. On March 20 of the following year, Sousa visited the university and was given a royal welcome. He was made honorary conductor of the band, presented with a handsome gold medal, and name "Great Tribal Chief of the Illini." In typical Sousa humor, he filled out a freshman try-out sheet, stating that is instrument was a "low-pitched baton," and that although his tonguing was "triple-threat," his embouchure had been "lost in the war."

Before his death Sousa had promised Harding that the Sousa Band library would be willed to the university. The bulk of it was eventually presented by Sousa's widow and is now in the school's Sousa Library.

- 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. 75.
  • Sousa, J. (1929). University of Illinois March [score]. Church: [Cincinnati, Ohio].