The Wolverine March (1881)
Little is known about the circumstances which gave rise to the composition of this march. It was “Respectfully dedicated to His Excellency Hon. David H. Jerome, Governor of Michigan, and Staff.” According to an inscription on the sheet music, it was first performed by the U. S. Marine Band at a reception given by the Michigan State Association in Washington on March 2, 1881.
Paul E. Bierley, The Works of John Philip Sousa (Westerville, Ohio: Integrity Press, 1984), 97. Used by permission.