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Untitled March
Untitled March from The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa: Vol. 7





Untitled March (1930)

All but the title page of Sousa’s band score of this unpublished march has been on file at the Library of Congress for many years. Sousa’s daughter Priscilla had placed it in a folder with the first page of “The Wildcats,” thinking the manuscripts belonged together and that they were the march called “Kansas Wildcats.” Such was not the case, however. Later, a complete piano score of the untitled march turned up, but this manuscript, too, bore no title. Thus the intended recipient of the march may never be known.

The colossal mix-up involving this untitled march and various marches called “The Wildcats,” “Kansas Wildcats,” “The Sword of San Jacinto,” “Universal Peace,” and “The Gridiron Club” is evidence of the fact that the titles of Sousa’s marches were sometimes changed before the marches were published.

Paul E. Bierley, The Works of John Philip Sousa (Westerville, Ohio: Integrity Press, 1984), 98. Used by permission.

*PLEASE NOTE: Currently, none of the marches from Volume 7 are in the public domain. Recordings of non-PD marches are only available for streaming on YouTube. To purchase a published edition of this march, please visit the sheet music vendor of your choice.