Honored Dead, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

Subtitle: Funeral March

General Info

Year: 1876 / 1885
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Fisk, Achenbach
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The date of this march, as inscribed on the manuscript of a piano arrangement by C.H. Hattersley, is 1876. This manuscript is not at the U.S. Marine Corps Museum. The occasion of the march's composition is not known. When President U.S. Grant died in 1885, Sousa arranged the piece for band, apparently at the publisher's request. It has rarely been performed but was fittingly used at the U.S. Marine Band in Sousa's funeral procession.

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

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) - 13 April 2021
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 19 November 2018
  • Oneonta (N.Y.) Community Concert Band (Rene Prins, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • Streator Twp High School (Bruce Twp, Ill.) Concert Band – Winter 2016

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. 52.
  • Perusal score
  • Sousa, J. (1876). The Honored Dead: March [score]. Fisk, Achenbach: Williamsport, Penn.