El Capitan (arr Brion and Schissel)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Keith Brion and Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1896 / 1999
Duration: c. 2:17
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Willow Blossom Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the perennial Sousa favorites, this march has enjoyed exceptional popularity with bands since it first appeared. It was extracted from the most successful of the Sousa operettas, El Capitan, El Capitan of the operetta was the comical and cowardly Don Medigua, the early 17th-century viceroy of Peru. Some of the themes appear in more than one act, and the closing theme of the march is the same rousing theme which ends the operetta.

This was the march played by the Sousa Band, augmented by over a hundred men and all at Sousa's personal expense, as they led Admiral Dewey's victory parade in New York on September 30, 1899. It was a matter of sentiment with Sousa, because the same march had been played by the band on Dewey's warship Olympia as it sailed out of Mirs Bay on the way to attack Manila during the Spanish-American War.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) - 18 April 2023
  • Ringgold Band (Reading, Penn.) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) - 16 October 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Band (Tark Katzmeyerl, conductor) - 3 March 2022
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Fletcher Ferrara, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 11 March 2018
  • Syracuse University (N.Y.) Concert Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 20 February 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra (Eli Wirth, conductor) – 16 December 2017
  • Clovis (Calif.) North Educational Wind Ensemble (David Lesser, conductor) - 17 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 23 February 2016
  • United States Navy Band (Kenneth C. Collins, conductor) – 15 January 2016
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 28 February 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Philip Sousa." Accessed 10 July 2015
  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 37.
  • Sousa, J; Brion, K.; Schissel, L. (1999). El Capitan [score]. Willow Blossom Music: Oskaloosa, Iowa.