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Wisconsin Forward Forever March

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Andrew Glover)

General Info

Year: 1917 / 1987
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sousa crossed out the title Solid Men to the Front on his manuscript of this march and substituted the present title. It may have originally been intended to salute Wisconsin's contribution to the war effort, because in press reports it was also referred to as Wisconsin to the Front and Wisconsin at the front. "Forward" apparently took precedence as a title word, because that was the Wisconsin state motto.

Words to the march were written by the poet Berton Braley, a member of the University of Wisconsin's class of 1905, and the march was dedicated to the faculty, students and alumni of the university. Maxson F. Juddell, a senior at the university, was responsible for the march's promotion, and he persuaded the celebrated artist Howard Chandler Christy to do the artwork for the frontispiece of the sheet music.

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


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 80.
  • Sousa, J.; Glover, A. (1987). Wisconsin Forward Forever [score]. Theodore Presser: [s.l.]