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


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano 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
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


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 from 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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Craig McKenzie, conductor) - 13 August 2023
  • Brigham Young University - Idaho (Rexburg) University Band (David Faires, conductor) - 15 October 2021
  • 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

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


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