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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1918/2003
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper

Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Field Drum
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally written as a song with lyricist Edith Willis Linn, Sousa later adapted it into a march. Loras Schissel has expertly edited this long forgotten march making it available once again to another generation of march lovers.

-Program Note from publisher

At the height of America's participation in World War I, the now defunct humor magazine Life sponsored a contest to find a poem suitable for use as a war song. A lady named Edith Willis Linn won the $500 prize. Sousa then composed the music and signed over the royalties to Life's Fresh Air Fund. He then arranged the song as a march, using the same title, so that it could be either sung or used for parades. For the premiere on March 10 1918, the march version was performed at the New York Hippodrome by the combined bands of the Atlantic fleet, Lieutenant Sousa conducting.

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

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. Urbana: University of Chicago Press, pp. 98.