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Sound Off (arr Balent)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Andrew Balent)

General Info

Year: 1885 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • 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. In Sousa's eyes, 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. For the U.S. Marines, the term "sound off" refers to this specific segment of the official Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual and is mean to apply to formal drill ceremonies involving the band:

Adjutant commands 'Parade REST' and 'SOUND OFF.' The battalion except for the commander of troops, the staff and adjutant go to parade rest.

The band sounds off, marches down the line of troops, countermarches, marches back down the line of troops and returns to its position in the formation.

- 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. 70-71
  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 73.6 (January 2019): 29. Print
  • Perusal score