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Sound Off

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa


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General Info

Year: 1885
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.


Instrumentation

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
x Bassoon I-II
x 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
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
Alto I-II-III-IV
Tenor I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani Percussion, including:

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

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


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • 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


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

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