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Esprit de Corps

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Robert E Foster)


This work is also listed as "Esprit du Corps."


General Info

Year: 1878 /2011
Duration: c. 3:01
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Fans and march enthusiasts will be overjoyed with this wonderfully stylish, rediscovered march. It gives us a glimpse of the young, aspiring composer and reflects the early years of his career. At the time this march was written, Sousa had not yet begun his Marine Band career and had 34 works published. Published for band after he left the Marine Band and formed his professional band, it's a fitting tribute to the esprit de corps of bands everywhere.

- Program Note by publisher


The U.S. Marine Band was not known for having outstanding esprit de corps before Sousa's twelve-year period of leadership, but since that time its honor, enthusiasm and devotion to duty have been marks of distinction. Inspiration for this composition might seem obvious had it been written while Sousa was in service, but it was not. Curiously, it was not published for band until the year after he resigned from the Marine Corps.

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


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Gainesville (Fla.) Pops (Gary Langford, conductor) – 18 May 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 4 July 2015
  • Austin Peay State University Symphonic Band (John Schnettler, conductor) - 6 December 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 42.