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Quilting Party March, The

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1889
Duration: c. 1:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts – Free

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Quilting Party or Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party was a popular song in the United States in the late 1880s. Sousa capitalized on its popularity by using it in the trio of this march, written while he was leader of the U.S. Marine Band. The first section includes a musical quote of When a Wooer Goes a-Wooing from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard.

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

Sousa Scholar Jonathan Elkus further notes that The Quilting Party, like so much of Sousa’s concert music but unlike most of his marches, tells a story. A young man goes to Aunt Dinah’s quilting party to woo Nellie, his lady friend. He dances with her there and afterward sees her home.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 66.
  • Sousa, J.; Sousa Archives for Band Research; Sousa Preservation Project. (1889). The Quilting Party March [score]. Manuscript.