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El Capitan (tr Morris)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (trans. R. Winston Morris)

General Info

Year: 1896 / 1974 / 2000
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Band
Publisher: The Brass Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II




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

  • Ohio: Low Brass Choir B


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 37.
  • Sousa, J.; Morris, R. (1974). El Capital: March [score]. The Brass Press: Vaurmarens, Switzerland.