Boys of Wexford, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Sammy Nestico

Folk song arranged by Sammy Nestico

General Info

Year: 1963 / 2007
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $12 .00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I-II
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-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Boys of Wexford is a well-known Irish folk song with lyrics by Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883). The county Wexford, ancestral home to the Kennedy family, was the site of great joy and celebration during President John F. Kennedy's 1963 summer visit. The folk song was performed many times for JFK during his visit and he was even presented a piano/vocal score by the dignitaries.

Upon returning to Washington, the president summoned Albert Schoepper, then conductor of the Marine Band, to the White House. A great fan of the "The President's Own," Kennedy asked if, when they had time, one of the arrangers would orchestrate the song so the band could play it. Schoepper assigned the task to chief arranger Sammy Nestico on Friday. Monday, the Marine Band was at the White House playing The Boys of Wexford for the president, who pronounced it his "official" march. No one could know that just a few short months later the Marine Band would escort the president to his final resting place in Arlington Cemetery.

-Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor) - 13 March 2022
  • Concordia University (Seward, Neb.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Schultz, conductor) – 22 October 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 7 September 2019 (Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.)
  • Trine University (Angola, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Kays, conductor) – 25 February 2018
  • Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, Ohio) Summer Band Camp (Alison Clear, conductor) – 25 June 2015

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