Pride of the Wolverines, The (ed Fennell)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Frederick Fennell; scored R. Mark Rogers)

General Info

Year: 1926 / 2006
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $82.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum (or Field Drum)
  • Suspended Cymbal (optional)


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

Touring by train was a way of life for Sousa and his band. Despite worldwide tours and honors bestowed on him by kings and other heads of state, he found his most eager and loyal audiences in the United States. He repaid in kind by dedicating his compositions to the people and institutions of his native country.

- Program Note by Frederick Fennell


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 65-66
  • Perusal score
  • Sousa, J.; Fennell, F. (1954). The Pride of the Wolverines: March [score]. Sam Fox Publishing: New York.
  • Sousa, J.; Fennell, F.; Rogers, R. (1974). Pride of the Wolverines [score]. Belwin: [United States].
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 387-388
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 555.