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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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General Info

Year: 1884
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ellis
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornets Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Horn
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sousa and his lyricist entered politics with this effort: We'll Follow Where the White Plume Waves was a campaign song written to support James Gillespie Blaine, who ran for president against Grover Cleveland in 1884. Blaine was known in political circles as the "plumed knight." The enthusiastic song ends in the following manner:

For victory and Blaine,
From Oregon to Maine,
We'll follow where the white plume waves.

Later, Sousa completely revised the song, converted it into a march, and call it The White Plume. The song barely survived the election, but the march was popular for many years.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) - 12 April 2022
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) - 11 August 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 10 January 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. 99.