Yorktown Centennial

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1881
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harry Coleman
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Solo B-flat Cornet score
D-flat Piccolo/Flute
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (III optional)
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet (optional)
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Bass or Trombone
Tenor I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Yorktown (Virginia) Centennial was held to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the last important battle of the Revolutionary War: the surrender at Yorktown. Sousa, then leader of the U. S. Marine Band, composed this march for the event and dedicated it to Colonel H. C. Corbin, master of ceremonies of the centennial.

Another printing of the same march was issued in 1900 as Sen Sen. This was part of a promotion scheme of the T. B. Dunn Company of Rochester, New York, a subsidiary of the Sen Sen Chiclet Company. It is not known whether or not Sousa was a part of this business venture.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Rick Wyman, conductor) - 5 March 2023
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 8 July 2021
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 18 June 2019
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 26 February 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. 80-81.