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Glory of the Yankee Navy, The (arr Schissel)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1909 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The musical comedy The Yankee Girl was in need of a spirited march, so Sousa was prevailed upon to provide one. The march, one of Sousa's most interesting musically, was dedicated to the star of the show, Blanche Ring. Lyrics were provided by Kenneth S. Clark. The title underwent a process of evolution. The earliest known manuscript was labeled Uncle Sam's Navy. Prior to the opening, newspapers referred to the march as The Honor of the Yankee Navy.

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

Despite Sousa’s distinguished military career, The Glory of the Yankee Navy was not written to celebrate the United States’ ocean-going armed forces. Rather, it ties into Sousa’s long-standing love of musical theatre. In 1909 a singer and actress named Blanche Ring was the toast of Broadway. That year, she was preparing a new musical called The Yankee Girl, set to open in 1910. When her director decided the show needed a march, Sousa agreed to write one, dedicated to Ms. Ring. The Glory of the Yankee Navy is the charming result.

- Program Note from Dallas Winds concert program, 16 November 2021


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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