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Stars and Stripes Forever, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. and adapt. by Brion and Schissel)


General Info

Year: 1896 / 1996
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $60.00    |   Score Only - $6.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Bass Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Bass
Harp
Drums
Bells

Vocal Solo and Chorus (optional)


Errata

  • In conductor's score, flute and piccolo parts, meas. 155, beats 2 and 4: B-flat should read G (below)
  • Basses. meas. 15, beat 2&, upper voice: C should read B-flat (as in lower voice)
  • Drums. meas. 5 & 20: add repeat sign
  • Drums. meas. 22 & 37: add repeat sign
  • Drums. meas. 71 & 126: add repeat sign


Program Notes

The most popular march ever written celebrates its centennial year in a new edition created from the actual Sousa Traveling Band's parts.

- Program note by publisher


Sousa consistently stated that this march was divinely inspired and was born of homesickness. In his autobiography, Marching Along, he provides the details of its creation after he had received a cablegram in Italy that his manager, David Blakely, had died:

“Aboard the Teutonic, as it steamed out of the harbor on my return from Europe in 1896, came one of the most vivid incidents of my career. As I paced the deck, absorbed in thought, suddenly I began to sense the rhythmic beat of a band playing within my brain. It kept on ceaselessly, playing, playing, playing. Throughout the whole tense voyage, that imaginary band continued to unfold the same themes, echoing and reechoing the most distinct melody. I did not transfer a note of that music to paper while I was on the steamer, but when we reached the shore, I set down the measures that my brain-band had been playing for me, and not a note of it has ever changed. The composition is known the world over as The Stars and Stripes Forever and is probably my most popular march.” (By permission of John Philip Sousa, Inc., New York City)

Paul Bierley states that The Stars and Stripes Forever is “by far the most popular march ever written, and its popularity is by no means limited to the United States.” A ten-year international march popularity survey confirms Bierley’s statement. The universal appeal of Sousa’s march is illustrated by an article in The New York Times by Harold Schonberg which tells of a tour to China by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973. After sitting politely but stonily through a program which ranged from Beethoven to Copland, the orchestra struck up The Stars and Stripes. “All of a sudden electricity permeated the hall. Faces broke into smiles; feet began tapping; there was a general air of understanding and happiness. Maybe,... (it) really is the greatest piece of music ever written by an American. In any case, it has made more friends for America than any other piece of music...”

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Dennis T. Eschbach, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • Western Reserve Community Band (Hudson, Ohio) (Ralph Meyer, conductor) - 19 August 2018
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 4 July 2018
  • Miamisburg (Ohio) High School Wind Symphony (Steve Aylward, conductor) - 15 May 2018
  • United States Army Band (Arlington, Va.) (Andrew J. Esch, conductor) - 3 May 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • Rhode Island (Woonsocket) Wind Ensemble (Robert Franzblau, conductor) - 29 April 2018
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (James Dreiling, conductor) – 26 October 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Carlos Gama, Jr., conductor) - 27 June 2017
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 28 September 2016
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 10 September 2016
  • Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band (Harvey Bernstein, conductor) – 4 July 2016
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor) – 12 March 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Eastern Division Conference, New London, Conn.)
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 4 March 2016 (81st Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Dallas Winds (Jerry F. Junkin, conductor) 17 July 2015 (2015 WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.).
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) - 24 May 2015
  • Musikhochschule Trossingen, Germany (Alexander Beer, conductor) - 28 February 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 555-556.
  • Sousa, J.; Schissel, L.; Brion, K. (1996). The Stars and Stripes Forever [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.