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With Pleasure (arr Schissel)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Loras John Schissel)

Also known as Dance Hilarious

General Info

Year: 1912 / 2006
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Experience a side of Sousa most people aren't aware of with this very entertaining ragtime-style piece subtitled Dance Hilarious. Ever the consummate showman, Sousa wrote several works in this style which was very popular with audiences at that time. Written in 1912 for a European concert tour, it is every bit as fresh and entertaining with audiences today as it was then.

- Program Note from publisher

This short, syncopated composition was dedicated "to the members of the Huntingdon Valley Country Club" of Philadelphia. Sousa was a member of this organization and spent many of his leisure hours in athletic activities there while the Sousa Band was engaged in nearby Willow Grove Park. With Pleasure later became part of a suite which Sousa called The American Maid (1913), and it is possible that he used it in a revised edition of the operetta of the same name. In concerts by the Sousa Band it was sometimes programmed as Dance Hilarious.

- 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. 109.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Philip Sousa." Accessed 25 January 2017
  • Sousa, J.; Schissel, L. (2006). With Pleasure: Dance Hilarious: For Symphonic Band [score]. Ludwig Music: Grafton, Ohio).