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Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas, The

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Mayhew Lake (ed. Robert E Foster)

Subtitle: Sousa's Favorite Encore

General Info

Year: 1936 / 2012
Duration: c. 1:04
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts -$75.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Woodblock

Players singing and playing kazoos.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

John Philip Sousa once wrote to Mayhew Lake with the greeting “To my dear friend, Mayhew Lake — our finest orchestrator for military band — with all good wishes." Throughout Lake’s career, he and Sousa were great friends, and Sousa would often perform Lake’s compositions and arrangements with his own band.

The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas is a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ ditty that Sousa often used as an encore. With its delightful and catchy melody, no one can deny the charm of “Sousa’s Favorite Encore."

This fantastic edition was prepared by Robert E. Foster, accomplished trumpeter and beloved American bandmaster, composer, conductor, (and sometime Sousa impersonator), who served as Director of Bands at the University of Kansas from 1971 to 2002.

- Program note by Cody Rone for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony concert program, 22 December 2012


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Piedmont Wind Symphony (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (Mark A. Norman, conductor) - 22 April 2023
  • Northwest Wind Symphony (Centralia, Wash.) (Dan Schmidt, conductor) - 15 October 2022
  • Cincinnati (Ohio) Youth Symphonic Band – 29 April 2019
  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, Calif.) (Jonathan Grantham, conductor) - 8 April 2018 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Raymond Handfield, conductor) – 27 October 2017
  • Houston County High School (Warner Robins, GA) Symphonic Winds (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 16 May 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Wind Ensemble (John R. Locke, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • Marcus High School (Tx.) Wind Symphony (Amanda Drinkwater, conductor) – 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Lake, M.; Foster, R. [2008]. Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas: Sousa's Favorite Encore [score]. Carl Fischer: New York, N.Y.