SUMMARY The newest listings are in RED font.
How appropriate that the very first listings we
posted here on Project Sousa are marches by -- John Philip Sousa!
Sousas' Favorite March Book. This is
an assemblage of sixteen Sousa marches for band. Click
here to read more. We Now Have
SCORES to all the marches!
The Airline March. Brand new
arrangements of a 1909 march, created especially for Project Sousa! Read
The AMEN From Handel's Messiah. Thanks
to Ken Grace for donating this arrangement. Read
Parade of the
Doodlebugs. What a delightful rag for band. Get the
details and download here.
Ambassador" by E.E. Bagley. This 1907 march by
one of the old masters needs to be in everyone's library. Read more
and download here.
NOTE: All the files listed here are
in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat
or some other
PDF reader to see and print them. You can either see or download
them by clicking on the links. Marches scanned from march-sized
paper can be printed nicely in the landscape mode on 8 1/2 x
11" paper, filling up the page and making it much easier to
read for musicians whose eyesight isn't as keen as it once was.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: NO
MORE ON-SITE DOWNLOADS of the SOUSA'S
FAVORITE MARCH BOOK
On October 10, 2005, we received a polite letter from Mr.
Kris Kazaka at Carl Fischer informing us that while these
marches are indeed in the public domain in the U.S., they
are still protected in some territories. Therefore, because
the internet is an international medium, we have removed the
PDFs of these marches from the Project Sousa site.
Please email us for more information.
Note: The Carl Fischer editions are still available, on
march-sized music for about $15 each from some distributors,
$25 from others. The Project Sousa editions have been
enlarged to print on standard-size paper, but you must print
them yourself. Bands with younger eyes should probably buy
the march-sized editions. Older eyes may have trouble seeing
POST MARCH. (1.8 MB) Condensed
Score | Full
Score | From the Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing low
clarinets. Somewhat different than the other
listings from this book, this package includes parts for 1st &
2nd F Horn and Baritone B.C. 1889.
FLIRTATIONS March. (1.2 MB) Condensed
Score | Number two in the Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing low
clarinets. The 1st Cornet part has cue notes and
other notations indicating it is to be used as the conductor's
score, and has the notation "Am. Star J'l" in the
upper left (American Star Journal). 1890.
FIDELIS March. (1.5 MB) Condensed
Score | Full
Score | The third march in the Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing
low clarinets. Extra Parts include Eb Cornet 2 (Bari Sax
Alt), Trombone (Alt bassoon), Baritone B.C. (Alt bassoon) (this in
addition to the standard Baritone B.C. part). Solo Cornet part is
also annotated "Conductor's", and is two pages
long, with the second page being double-staffs. 1888
FENCIBLES March. (1.1 MB) Score |
This is the fourth march in the Sousa's Favorite March
Book. Missing low clarinets. The 1st Cornet part
has cues and annotations that enable it to be used as the
conductor's score. 1888.
SCHOOL CADETS March. (1.1 MB) Condensed
Score | Full
Score | Fifth listing in the Sousa's Favorite March Book.
Missing low clarinets. Solo cornet part can be
used by the conductor. 1890.
PICADORE MARCH. (1.1 MB) Score |
Number six in the Sousa's Favorite March Book.
Missing low clarinets. Solo cornet part can be used as
the conductor's reference. 1889.
IDEAL MARCH. (1.2 MB) Score |
The seventh march in the Sousa's Favorite March Book
is missing the same parts as the others: low clarinets. There are good cues in the 1st Cornet part so it can be used
as a conductor's score. 1893.
BELLE OF CHICAGO March. (1 MB) Score |
This is the eighth listing in the Sousa's Favorite
March Book. This package is missing parts for low clarinets. Solo cornet part for the conductor. 1892.
CRUSADER MARCH. (1.2 MB) Score | The ninth listing in Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing
low clarinets. First cornet for the conductor. 1889.
THUNDERER March. (1.3 MB) Score | Tenth in the Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing
low clarinets. Somewhat different than your normal parts,
this arrangement also includes a part labeled for the conductor
(although it's identical to the 1st cornet part, even down to the
pencil markings! - I suspect someone relabeled a 1st Cornet part), a Solo Eb Alto Sax part (in addition to the 1st
Alto Sax part), a 1st & 2nd Bb Trumpet part (in addition to
the cornet parts), and the drum part includes parts for regimental
drums and F Trumpets. 1889.
OFF" MARCH. (1.7 MB) Score | The eleventh march in Sousa's Favorite March Book.
It's missing parts for the low clarinets. Cues on the first
cornet part make it usable as a score. Somehow, we don't believe
the title of this march refers to the volume of a TV show. 1885.
OCCIDENTAL MARCH. (1.6 MB) Score |
The dozenth listing in Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing
parts for low clarinets and hurdygurdy. Cue notes on
the solo cornet part enable its use as a conductor's score. 1891.
CORCORAN CADETS MARCH. (1.7 MB) Score |Lucky thirteen in Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing
low clarinets. Cue notes in the first cornet part make it
double as conductor's reference. 1890.
GLADIATOR MARCH. (1.6 MB) Condensed
Score | Full
Score | Fourteenth in Sousa's Favorite March Book. Missing
low clarinets. 1st cornet part for the conductor. 1886.
PARADE MARCH. (1.7 MB) Condensed
Score | Full
Score | The fifteenth march in the Sousa's Favorite March Book,
the cover page also gives this march the parenthetical title
"(The Lion Tamer)." We have no idea right now why
it's called this, but we'd certainly like to hear the story, if
anyone knows it. Missing parts for low clarinets. Solo
cornet part for the conductor. 1895.
FORWARD" March. (1.6 MB) Score |
Sixteenth and last in the Sousa's Favorite March Book.
Missing low clarinets. Cues in the 1st cornet part for
the conductor. 1894.
BONUS LISTINGS from the book:
The Book Covers.
(0.33 MB) The page we list as the "Cover Page" in the
downloads above is actually the outside back cover of the book.
This PDF will show you all four sides - inside and outside of the
front and back - of the cover of this march book.
Band Music For The Campaign. (0.3 MB) This is fascinating. It seems people wrote band music to honor
all the Presidential candidates of 1884. The price for the full
band arrangement, including reeds and brass, was fifty cents!
This tiny PDF shows you the Eb Cornet parts for General
Harrison's Quickstep and for L.P. Morton's Quickstep.
We know that the Harrison mentioned here wasn't President William
Henry Harrison, because he died (in office) in 1841, one month
after being sworn in. Sorry, all we have are these parts for these
COMING SOON (Eventually): We
also have John Philip Sousa's original arrangement of The Star
Spangled Banner. We just haven't had time to digitize it yet,
but we will, and we'll list it here. If you're eager and anxious
to get it right away, shoot us an email and we'll move it up in
our queue of things to do. Otherwise check back here in a month or
so and see if it's been posted.
Edward W. Croft
AIRLINE MARCH. We actually have TWO great arrangements
of this 1909 march by Edward W. Croft.
Croft wrote this march to commemorate his
building an actual airliner in Milwaukee. A friend and trombone
player in my band went to the 2006 Experimental Aircraft
Association show in Oshkosh, and brought me the sheet music piano
score of this march as a gift and possible wall decoration. I saw
it was in the public domain and therefore a good candidate for
Project Sousa. Being tremendously busy, I put out a call on Ron
Boerger's C-M (community music) list for people to arrange this
for band, and got several responses. The first people to come back
with finished arrangements are below. If we get additional
arrangements, we'll post them here also. We welcome your feedback
on these arrangements.
For Brass Quintet.
This arrangement comes to us courtesy of Steve Wells, who
forwarded the source music for this to Duane Duede, who regularly
arranges music for the Uncle Ezra's Chiropractic Brass Quintet,
purveyors of well-adjusted music. I haven't heard them play, but
they sound like a fun group. Duane has arranged this with both Eb
and F horn parts, so it ought to be playable by either standard or
brass band quintets.
Here's a download link for Duane Duede's brass
quintet arrangement of The Airline March: Click
For Full Concert
Band. This arrangement is courtesy of Dean McMakin
in Indiana. He's put in some good work arranging this for full
band, and we heartily thank him for it. You have your choice of
any or all of three different downloads. Each "click
here" link will take to you the link at our download
MP3 -- Click
here. This is a computer-generated MP3 rendition of the tune.
If you download the PDF files and play it with your band, we'd
LOVE to get a live rendering of it to post here. Meantime, you can
listen to this to at least see what the march sounds like.
Letter-Size -- Click
here. This is the march formatted as PDF files to print on
letter-sized paper. This is the size printers most people have,
but you'll wind up with loose-leaf parts. Each part is two pages.
11 x 17 Size -- Click
here. This is the same thing, but formatted to print on 11x17
(tabloid-size) paper. If you have a printer capable of printing
paper this size, this is a much better option.
George Frederic Handel
AMEN from The Messiah. (Click to
download) Transcribed directly from
Handel's choral score, this wonderful arrangement by Ken Grace is
now available right here on Project Sousa! Read
of the Doodlebugs (Click
to download, 1.1 MB). This delightful 1909 tune is subtitled
"March Characteristic," but it's really a great
turn-of-the-century (the nineteenth century!) rag
for band. It's scored for bands of that era, with only a Db
piccolo part, no flute parts, and the alto saxes will have to
read the alto horn parts, which are only in Eb. The conductor
needs to read off of the Solo Cornet part.
If you get a recording of this piece, send us
the MP3 and we'll post it and give you credit!
E. E. Bagley
"The Ambassador" (Click
to download, 1.7 MB). Thanks to RG of Boston
for submitting this 1907 march by a noted New England
bandmaster, most famous for his National Emblem
As all other "march-sized" music in
Project Sousa, we have enlarged the PDF pages so one part
completely fills an 8½ x 11 sheet. Russ has cleverly put
the author and title at the edge of a short side of the music,
so you can easily see what the tune is when thumbing through the
music in your folder. Thanks to Doug MacLeod of the Windjammers
(www.circusmusic.org) for this great idea!
This march has typical instrumentation for the
period, including Db Piccolo, Eb Horns, and no saxophone
parts. But it does include treble clef trombone and bass parts,
so you ought to be able to make do.
Again, we'd like to get
modern parts and a recording of this. So if you can help, we'd
all appreciate it. Thanks to Scott Jones for providing the C
flute/piccolo part, and thanks to Ken Grace for providing the
Bass Clarinet and F Horn parts!
G. E. Holmes
HYDROPHOBIA: A Trombone Smear
(Not available for
download). We haven't played or heard this one, but
from perusing the parts, it looks like a lot of fun. Published in
1909, this tune is sure to be a hit with your trombone section as
well as your audience!
Update: The C.L. Barnhouse company,
original publisher of this tune, still has it available in
their Archive Editions. Part of the philosophy of Project Sousa is
to make available tunes that are public domain and
are out of print. Since this tune is not out of print
(thank you, Barnhouse!), we will not post the tune here. If you
would like a copy of this tune, please contact Barnhouse directly
and order it from them.
If you have a piece of music that is already in
the public domain, or that you'd like to place into the public
domain, please see our Project Sousa Submissions page for
guidelines as to what we're looking for.