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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Donald Hunsberger)

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General Info

Year: 1903
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When composing this march, which was originally to be called British Tars, Sousa had hoped that it be to naval men which Stars and Stripes Forever, The was to army men. This ambition was not realized, however. The format of the march is slightly different from the usual Sousa march and contains traces of Sailor's Hornpipe. The introduction and first two strains were taken from his operetta Chris and the Wonderful Lamp (1899).

Royalties from the sale of sheet music in Britain were turned over to the Union Jack Club, a newly formed service club organized for the benefit of Royal Navy men in London. With everyone waving miniature Union Jacks, the march was given a rousing premiere in London's Albert Hall on June 25, 1903. The King, Queen, and the Prince and Princess of Wales were present as the new march was played by the combined bands of the Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, Himenoa Band of New Zealand, Sousa's Band, and the Queen's Hall orchestra.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 4 February 2017
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 19 May 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. 54.
  • Sousa, J.; Hunsberger, D. (1983). Jack Tar: March [score]. Ludwig Music Pub.: Cleveland, Ohio.