Century of Progress, A

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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General Info

Year: 1931
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


doubling Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-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
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the span of a century, the city of Chicago grew from a small fort and a handful of crude cabins to a thriving metropolis. The World's Fair was held there in 1933 to celebrate this extraordinary expansion. The Sousa Band was to be engaged as the official band, and Sousa was asked to compose a march specifically for the fair. He responded with A Century of Progress, using the motto of the fair for the title.

Although he once expressed a wish that he could someday celebrate his own century of progress, thereby being enabled to write more marches, Sousa passed away as the age of seventy-seven, prior to the fair's opening. His cousin Lennox Lohr, general manager of the far, saw to it that the Sousa composition was named the official march of the fair. Strangely, however, no band was hired in the absence of the Sousa Band.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Michael J. Colburn, conductor) – 30 April 2023
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Kevin Geraldi, conductor) - 4 November 2022
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 23 October 2022 (New London, Conn.)
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Michael Colburn, conductor) – 16 December 2010 (2010 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. 37.