El Capitan

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1896
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Church
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Full Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet or Flugelhorn Solo-I
B-flat Cornet II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Extracted from the most successful of Sousa’s operettas, the El Capitan March is one of his most often performed even today. Sousa performed this march with the Sousa Band, augmented to more than 100 men at his own expense, as he led Admiral Dewey’s Victory Parade in New York on September 30, 1899.

-Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lambert High School (Suwanee, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (John Mashburn, conductor) - 21 December 2023 (2023 Midwest Clinic)
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) - 29 January 2021 (Virtual)
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K Fettig, conductor) – 18 October 2019 (Salinas, Calif.)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) - 16 April 2019
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) - 27 July 2017
  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 12 July 2015
  • The Goldman Band (Gary Green, conductor) – 25 February 2005 (CBDNA 2005 National Conference, New York, N.Y.)

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