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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. R Mark Rogers)

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General Info

Year: 1912 / 1999
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $225.00   |   Score Only (print) - $21.95


1. The Kaffir on the Karroo – 3:30
2. In the Land of the Golden Fleece – 5:30
3. Coronation March – 5:30
4. Easter Monday on the White House Lawn – 2:40


1st Flute
2nd Flute
3rd Flute
1st Oboe
2nd Oboe
1st Clarinet
2nd Clarinet
3rd Clarinet
4th Clarinet (substitute for Alto Clarinet)
Alto Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Contra Alto Clarinet (Eb) or Contra Bass Clarinet (Bb), either substitutes for Bass Saxophone
1st Bassoon
2nd Basson
1st Alto Saxophone
2nd Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Bass Saxophone
1st Cornet
2nd Cornet
1st Trumpet
2nd Trumpet
1st Horn in F
2nd Horn in F
3rd Horn in F
4th Horn in F
1st Trombone
2nd Trombone
3rd Trombone
4th Trombone
1st Euphonium (Bass clef/Treble clef)
2nd Euphonium (Bass clef/Treble clef)
Double Bass (not shown on score)
Snare Drum
Crash Cymbals
Bass Drum
Slap Stick


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This suite was conceived while the Sousa Band was on its world tour of 1910-11. With the exception of The last Days of Pompeii, Sousa used it more often than any of his other suites. The first movements is descriptive of the dances of the Karoo, a native of South Africa. The second, a "valse romantique," was dedicated "To the Matrons and Maids of Australia." A change in the suite's order came in 1928 when Easter Monday on the White House Lawn was written to replace Grand Promenade at the White House.

A bit of interesting history surrounds the third movement. Shortly after it was written, its name was changed from Grand Promenade at the White House to Coronation March. This was done to fulfill a request made by British music publishers for a composition to be used at the coronation of King George V. However, only music of British composers was used at the coronation ceremony. This movement of the suite was then published as Grand Festival march and dedicated to British bands and bandmasters. But for reasons not understood, its original title was soon restored and used thereafter.

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

a) “The Kaffir on the Karoo”
“The Kaffir girl pipes shrill and clear,
the cow-horn speeds its sound,
From out the darkness, far and near,
the tribal dancers bound.
In groups of eight or ten or more
they dance throughout the night;
The brown-hued veldt their ballroom floor,
the moon their silv’ry light.” (JPS)

b) “The Land of the Golden Fleece”
“When Australia smiles with a lover’s wiles in the sun’s adoring rays;
Where the harbor’s view like a jewel blue, enchants the lingering gaze,
And the lass whose eyes have the dews of the skies, O, she shall be his queen;
And the twain shall sport in a golden court, ‘neath a roof of checkered green.”
(A.G. Stephens)

c) “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn”
- - - “with the children rolling eggs, dancing and romping,
a scene of animation persists itself;
the elders from the President to the merest street arab,
look on the scene with joy and pleasure.”

- Program Note from Virginia Grand Military Band concert program, 22 October 2016


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State Ratings

  • Minnesota: I


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  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Dennis Llinás, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 22 October 2016

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. 85.
  • Sousa, J.; Rogers, R. (1999). Tales of a Traveler : Suite (1911-1912) [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tex.