Naval Reserve, The

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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Subtitle: The Boys in Navy Blue

General Info

Year: 1917
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: T.J. Harms
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.

Instrumentation (likely incomplete)

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Boys in Navy Blue was the alternate title of this march, which Sousa wrote while in charge of the Navy band program at Great Lakes during World War I. It was dedicated to the officers and men of te Naval Reserve. The second half of the march was based on his then current song, Blue Ridge! I'm Coming Back to You.

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

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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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. 61.
  • Sousa, J. (1917). The Naval Reserve March [score]. T.J. Harms: New York.