High School Cadets, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Robert E Foster)

General Info

Year: 1890 / 2005
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Winger-Jones Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets/B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The mutual admiration society that existed between John Philip Sousa and the school bands of America has caused many musicians and writers to conclude that this march was composed as a salute to the school band movement. However, it was written 20 years before that movement had begun. It was composed at the solicitation of the marching cadet corps of the one and only Washington, D.C., high school in 1890 (later called Central High School) and was dedicated to the teachers and pupils.

The High School Cadets was another of the drill teams which were an exciting part of the capital city scene for many years after the Civil War. The member requested the march of Sousa, asking that he make an effort to make it superior to his National Fencibles march, which he had written for a rival cadet corps. In Sousa's estimation, it was indeed a better march. The music world has concurred, because The High School Cadets has always been one of Sousa's most popular marches.

The Cadets were invited to a Marine Band rehearsal to hear the march played. They liked what they heard and produced $24 to cover the cost of having the march published and copyrighted.

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

Following the U.S. Civil War, drill teams became an exciting part of the scene in Washington, D.C. In 1890 the High School Cadets, a drill team sponsored by the city's only secondary school (later named Central High School), requested a march of Sousa that would be better than the one he had written for the National Fencibles, a rival corps. Sousa complied with their request and produced a march which not only pleased the High School Cadets in 1890 but has rated high in march popularity polls ever since.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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