Loyal Legion March, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1890
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: H. Coleman
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This march was written to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, an organization composed primarily of American Civil War officers and their descendants. The anniversary celebration was held in Philadelphia on April 15 and 16, 1890, and the U.S. Marine Band was ordered by the secretary of the navy to participate.

The piece is seldom played today, but the Loyal Legion uses it occasionally at its meetings. Much of the march appeared in Sousa's operetta, The Queen of Hearts (1885).

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


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) – 10 October 2017
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 4 February 2017
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Steve Layman, conductor) – 1 November 2016
  • Riverside (Calif.) King Symphonic Winds – 2007

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. 57-58
  • Sousa, J. (1890). Loyal Legion March [score]. H. Coleman: Philadelphia, Penn.