Who's Who in Navy Blue (1920)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1920
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Church Co.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It is not often that a composer dedicates music to a wooden Indian. Sousa did just that by dedicating this march to Tecumseh, whose stern figurehead adorns Bancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Clippings in the Sousa Band press books of 1920 refer to this march as having been written at the midshipmen's request, although school records do not bear this out. In recognition of Sousa contribution to the navy during World War I, he reportedly was presented a miniature class ring and made an honorary member of the graduating class of 1921. A Sousa Band recording of the march, paired with Comrades of the Legion, sold over 500,000 copies.

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

Sousa composed Who's Who as a request of midshipman W.A. Ingram, president of the class of 1920 at the US Naval Academy. It had become a custom for each graduating class to have its own new song or march performed at graduation and the class of 1920 bypassed all other options in favor of “the March King”.

Sousa had served in the navy in World War I, and the Navy connection no doubt had a great deal to do with their decision. The march is dedicated to Tecumseh, the famous Indian statue that stands outside Bancroft Hall at the Naval Academy.

Sousa even included words for the midshipmen to sing, in the trio of march:

The moon is shining on the rippling waves.
The stars are twinkling in the evening sky.
And in our dreams Tecumseh softly tells us
We’ll be Admirals by and by.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 11 October 2016


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. 79.
  • Sousa, J. (1920). Who's Who in Navy Blue [score]. John Church Co.: [s.l.]