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Yorktown Centennial March
Yorktown Centennial March from The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa: Vol. 1


“Yorktown Centennial” (1881)


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.

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