Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

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General Info

Year: 1924
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sam Fox
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

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Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet 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
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornets I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II (or Cornet III-IV)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company was composed in 1924, and was dedicated to a military unit in Boston, Massachusetts, which bore that name. The company was founded by colonists who had immigrated to America from Great Britain, where the original ‘Honourable Artillery Company of London’ was founded in 1537 by King Henry VIII. The organization in Boston was formed in 1637, and is the oldest chartered military organization in North America. The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts remains active to this day, and serves as Honor Guard to the state’s governor.

While not considered one of Sousa's more well-known marches, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company features the highly recognizable and cherished melody from Auld Lang Syne, which is incorporated into the trio section as well as the final strain.

- Program note by Karissa Higley for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony concert program, 22 December 2012


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Spring Garden Band of York (Penn.) (Jeffrey Shaull, conductor) - 6 August 2023
  • National Concert Band of America (Alexandria, Va.) (Adrian Holton, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Concert Band/Wind Symphony (John Korak, conductor) - 27 April 2022
  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, Calif.) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 23 May 2021
  • Washington State University (Pullman) Wind Ensemble (Danh T. Pham, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) – 19 January 2019
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Los Altos, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 9 December 2018
  • Encore Concert Band (Makena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 10 December 2017
  • Kings Park Concert Band (Springfield, Va.) (Rich Bergman, conductor) – 8 December 2016
  • Marcus High School (Tx.) Wind Symphony (Amanda Drinkwater, conductor) – 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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. 33.
  • Sousa, J. (1926). Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company : March [score]. Sam Fox: Cleveland, Ohio.