Presidential Polonaise

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1886 / 1889
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Toward the end of his term, President Arthur engaged Sousa in conversation concerning the suitability of the presidential salutation Hail to the Chief. When Sousa revealed that it was actually an old Scottish boating song, Arthur instructed him to replace it with a more suitable composition. Sousa's replacement consisted of two pieces, Presidential Polonaise, and the march Semper Fidelis, (1888). Presidential Polonaise was used for state affairs at the White House. Curiously, Sousa's band score is entitled In Echelon Polonaise.

- 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

  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 7 January 2018
  • Kutztown (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Dan Neuenschwander, conductor) – 7 October 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. 108.
  • Sousa, J. (1889). Presidential Polonaise [score]. Carl Fischer: [New York].