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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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General Info

Year: 1930 / 1957
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $24.95

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
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
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Leading a harmonica band was a novel experience for Sousa when he was invited to conduct Albert N. Hoxie's fifty-two-member Philadelphia Harmonica Band in September, 1925. He was so impressed with their playing and the possibilities of the harmonica that he carried an endorsement for Hohner harmonicas in his 1928 programs and subsequently wrote this march for Hoxie's boys.

When the Sousa Band cam to Philadelphia on November 21, 1930, he mayor proclaimed the day Sousa Day. Among other events was Sousa's leading the University of Pennsylvania Band, but the climax of the day was when Hoxie's boys came to the stage during the Sousa Band concert and performed the new march Sousa had written for them. A special commemorative medal, with the emblem of the Philadelphia Harmonica Band on one side and a tribute to Sousa on the other, was presented to the March King at the close of the concert.

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

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 50-51.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Philip Sousa." Accessed 6 August 2019
  • Sousa, J. (1930). Harmonica Wizard [score]. Theodore Presser: King of Prussia, Penn.