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President Garfield's Inauguration March (1881)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Corrie)

General Info

Year: 1881 / 2015
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Pond
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The only two marches Sousa dedicated to presidents of the United States were composed for James A. Garfield, and they marked the beginning and end of his short tenure of office. The first was the stately President Garfield's Inauguration March, which bears the inscription Opus 131. It was first performed by the U.S. Marine Band, with Sousa conducting, at the inauguration ceremonies on March 4, 1881. The second march honoring President Garfield was In Memoriam.

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

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 7 January 2018

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. 65.