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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1916 / 2008
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum

Players whistling


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sousa received three silver loving cups for his sixty-second birthday in 1916 when the Sousa Band was performing in the Hip Hip Hooray show in Philadelphia. One of the cups was presented by the members of the band, another by the 12,00 employees of the show, and the third by the Boy Scouts an America, for whom he had just written this march.

Dr. Charles D. Hunt, president of the national Scout organization, had earlier made the request of Sousa. Sousa responded with a march that "...absolutely breathes the boy; it visualizes the supple step of the boy marching, and not the heavy tread of the man." He also wrote lyrics, as did author Booth Tarkington, and it was announced that the march was to be officially adopted by the Boys Scouts of America. For the premiere, the Scouts were represented by delegations from several cities.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Band and Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble (Fred J. Allen, conductor) – 17 October 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Blasko, conductor) – 31 March 2016
  • The Concord (Mass.) Band (Keith Brion, conductor) – 22 October 2011

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. 36.