Chantyman's March, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. U.S. Marine Band)

Subtitle: Founded on working Songs of the Sea

General Info

Year: 1918 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Free

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


The spellings shanty, chanty and chantey appear to be interchangeable in American English. Chanty is used in British English.

Program Notes

After enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1917, Sousa made a study of sea chanteys and then wrote an article for The Great Lakes Recruit entitled “Songs of the Sea.” He made further use of the study while on a brief leave from the navy the following spring by composing one of his medley-type marches and calling it The Chantyman’s March. The march incorporates eight chanteys, in this order: Knock a Man Down, Away for Rio, Haul the Bowline, The Ballad of Billy Taylor, It’s Time for Us to Leave Her, Put up Clearing Gear, Hoodah Day, and A-Roving.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Craig McKenzie, conductor) - 31 July 2022
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Darren Y. Lin, conductor) - 20 February 2022

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