Bride Elect, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1897
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Church
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


  • B-flat Clarinet II-III. 2nd strain, m.2, b.1-3: F - E-flat - D should read G - F - E-flat.
  • B-flat Clarinet II-III. 2nd strain, m.2, b.4: Slur from beat 4 to downbeat of following measure; delete slur on beat 6.

Program Notes

After the widespread success of his operetta El Capitan, Sousa regrettably declined an offer of $100,000 for The Bride Elect, from which this march was extracted. The operetta soon passed from the musical scene, but the march was a favorite of bandsmen for many years to come.

The march was pieced together from various sections of the operetta. The principal theme was developed from the song, Unchain the Dogs of War, which ended Act II. The march was sometimes programmed by the Sousa Band under that title.

According to Frank Simon, cornetist of the Sousa Band from 1914 to 1920, The Bride Elect was among Sousa’s own favorites. He once referred to it as the best march he had ever written.

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


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 36.
  • Sousa, J. (1897). The Bride-Elect: March [score]. John Church: Cincinnati, Ohio.