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When the Boys Come Sailing Home!

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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Also known as Our Boys Are Home Again

General Info

Year: 1918
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harold Flammer, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.

Instrumentation (incomplete)

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Cornets Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Throughout World War I Sousa maintained an active musical presence on the national scene. To inspire the national war effort he composed many of his most brilliant military marches. He also marched in front of his massive 300-piece "Jackie Band" of recruits from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center for patriotic parades in major cities to promote the sale of war bonds. As the war reached its conclusion he seized the moment to compose this joyous victory song for voice and piano. The lyrics were by his younger daughter Helen Sousa Abert. Later Sousa scored the music for concert band alone. He called his happy single-key song setting a "march song."

- Program Note from score of Keith Brion arrangement (2014)

Sousa's youngest daughter Helen supplied two sets of lyrics for this song. They were for editions printed as When the Boys Come Sailing Home and Our Boys Are Home Again. The music is the same in both editions.

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

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Kevin Bennear, baritone) - 8 January 2017

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. 99.
  • Sousa, J.; Abert, H. (1918). When the Boys Come Sailing Home! : March [score]. Harold Flammer: New York.