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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1883 / 1894
Duration: c. 1:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornets Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto Solo-I-II
Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle

Players shouting


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This unusual march calls for shouts of "Right! Left!" at regular intervals in the trio. Perhaps it was used in this manner by the Marine Band on the drill field.

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

John Philip Sousa served as the commander of the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” from 1880-1892. It was during this time that he composed the Right-Left March, a work likely used as a true marching selection to be performed by the band as they paraded on the drill field. Whether to foster enthusiasm while on the march or to simply remind the performers which foot they should be on, this unusual march calls for the performers to yell out “Right, Left” during the trio.

- 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. 68.
  • Sousa, J. (1894). Right-Left March [score]. J.W. Pepper: Philadelphia, Penn.