Sound Off

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1885 / 2016
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harry Coleman
Cost: Score and Parts: Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
x Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat I
Tenor I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Timpani Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As leader of the U.S. Marine Band, Sousa came under the command of Major George Porter Houston from 1883 to 1888. In Sousa's eye, Houston was a stern but fair officer, and this march was dedicated to him. As in the case of Guide Right, Right Forward, and Right-Left, the title was derived from a marching command.

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

Sound Off (1885) was written specifically for the United States Marine Band and dedicated to a gentleman viewed by Sousa as “a stern but fair officer,” General George Porter Houston, who was the barracks commanding officer from July 1883 to March 1888. The march derives its title from a military command frequently heard during parades and formations at Marine Barracks Washington, directing the band to march up and down the parade deck in order to be reviewed by the commanding officer and spectators.

- Program Note from University of North Texas University Band concert program, 3 October 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 20 October 2021
  • Mississippi Wind Symphony (Jackson) (Craig Young, conductor) - 3 July 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Michelle A. Rakers, conductor) – 11 March 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 10 January 2016
  • Orquesta Filarmónica del Estado de Chihuahua (Mexico) – 2014
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Jay Bocook, conductor) – March 1, 2012 (ABA 2012 Annual Convention (Indianapolis, Indiana))

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 70-71.