Liberty Loan

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1917
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: T.B. Harms
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.

Instrumentation (parts likely missing)

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornets Solo-I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenor Horn
E-flat Horn I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

At the request of William J. McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury, and Charles H. Schweppe, one of the Liberty Loan directors, this march was written for the Fourth Liberty Loan campaign of World War I. It was later dedicated to the officers and men of the 40th United States Infantry. Its temporary popularity was partially dependent on the U.S. Field Artillery march, with which it was paired on a Victor record. This record sold over 400,000 copies. The Chicago Examiner printed the march with a request for verses. Dozens poured in, but as far as can be determined none was ever endorsed by Sousa.

Sousa struggled for some time before hitting upon suitable melodies for this march. The flash of inspiration came one night at a dinner in Kansas City, and he jotted the notes on his cuff. In a test of his endurance, he developed the march by working in his hotel room until dawn for two nights and then on the trains from Kansas City to Chicago.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 8 January 2017

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. 57.
  • Sousa, J. (1917). Liberty Loan March [score]. T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter: New York.