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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1930
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $20.00


Full Score
D-flat 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
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commander Evangeline Booth, daughter of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, asked Sousa to compose this march, and it was to her that he dedicated it. It received its premiere on May 16, 1930, at a pageant in New York celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Salvation Army in the United States. Sousa conducted the massed bands. In this march he had incorporated the Salvationists’ favorite hymn, O Boundless Salvation, and when these strains were played the surprised audience broke into enthusiastic applause.

Shortly after Sousa’s death, the story of how he had sought advice on what approach to take in this composition was told in the Salvationists’ own newspaper, the War Cry. Colonel William H. Barrett, who wrote the heart-warming story, told of several interviews in Sousa’s New York office. To get the Salvationists’ slant on O Boundless Salvation, Sousa asked Colonel Barrett to sing it. He asked to hear it again, and this time he joined in. He was profoundly moved and remarked that the composer – William Booth – had been inspired. Colonel Barrett may not have realized it, but that was the most sincere compliment Sousa could have made. In his article, Colonel Barrett was discerning in his observation that Sousa “saw the bright side of everything and the good in everybody.” He closed in this manner: “My dear friend has gone to his Eternal Home having been promoted suddenly. I expect to meet him when my life journey is ended.”

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


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. 69.