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March of the States, A (arr Schissel)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Loras John Schissel)

Subtitle: From Hip! Hip! Hooray!

General Info

Year: 1915 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes (optional)
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the summer of 1915, Sousa and his band ... were engaged by the impresario Charles Dillingham for a New York Hippodrome extravaganza to be known as Hip Hip Hooray. The Sousa Band played a double role in the show. As one act it stood in concert formation on the stage and played a short concert. Then, instead of the usual orchestra, it played in the pit to accompany most of the remaining acts.

Sousa's extracurricular salute was his march The New York Hippodrome, and his contribution to Hip Hip Hooray was his Ballet of the States (also called March of the States and Sisterhood of the States). This was used to accompany a ballet in which each of the forty-eight states was represented by a sextet of dancing girls. Sousa arranged and composed characteristic tunes for each state. The act was climaxed with The Stars and Stripes Forever, which usually resulted in unrestrained shouts of approval.

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

Dedicated to Mrs. William Cumming Story, President General, Daughters of the American Revolution.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 123-124.