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Semper Paratus (arr Schoenfeld)

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Francis Van Boskerck

Francis Van Boskerck (arr. Schoenfeld)

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Subtitle: Always Ready

General Info

Year: 1938 / 1986
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sam Fox Publishing
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 I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
Cornets I-II- III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Semper Paratus (Latin for "Always Ready") is the official march of the United States Coast Guard. Semper Paratus is also the official Coast Guard motto. The origin of the phrase is obscure, although the Coast Guard Historian's Office notes the first use was by the New Orleans Bee newspaper in 1836, in reference to the actions of the Revenue Cutter Service during the Ingham incident. The original lyrics were written by Captain Francis Saltus Van Boskerck in 1922, in the cabin of USCGC Yamacraw, in Savannah, Georgia; he wrote the music in 1927, on a "beat-up old piano" in Unalaska, Alaska.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Boskerck, F.; Schoenfeld, W. (1938). Semper Paratus : Official U.S. Coast Guard March Song [score]. Sam Fox: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Semper Paratus (march), Wikipedia Accessed 22 February 2016