Pride of the Wolverines, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1926 / 2022
Duration: c. 3:37
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sam Fox
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
Cornets Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or alto I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Harp (optional)
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mayor John W. Smith of Detroit publicly requested this march at a Sousa Band concert in that city in 1925. Sousa responded by composing this, one of his most vigorous marches, and dedicating it to Mayor Smith and the people of Detroit. It was later declared the official march of Detroit at a brief concert in the Detroit council chambers given by the Cass Technical High School Band, directed by former Sousa Band clarinetist, Roy Miller. (Hail, Detroit, written by Detroit Concert Band conductor Leonard B. Smith, has since replaced The Pride of the Wolverines as Detroit's official march.)

- 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) - 6 February 2022
  • Pomona (Calif.) Concert Band (Linda W. Taylor, conductor) – 9 March 2018
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (Patricia Brumbaugh, conductor) - 23 February 2016
  • Reavis High School (Burbank, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Andrew Davis, conductor) - 28 February 2015

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. 65-66
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 555.
  • Sousa, J. (1926). The Pride of the Wolverines: March [score]. Sam Fox: Cleveland, Ohio.