Sousa Semper Fidelis
This is the official march song of the United States Marine Corps (not to be confused with the official service song "Marines' Hymn"). Sousa was the conductor of the Marine Corps Band for 12 years.
This composition can be played by 3,605,472 different combinations of instruments (really!).
A few notes on the parts and instruments:
- The standard ("std") parts are the original parts and are designed to be played together.
- The alternate "a" parts, if present, are raised one octave (8va) and can be substituted for a standard part to accommodate the higher instruments listed. They should work as long as they are above the other parts.
- The alternate "b" parts, if present, are lowered one octave (8vb) and can be substituted for a standard part to accommodate the lower instruments listed. They should work as long as they are below the other parts.
- For example, using parts 1, 2, and 3 together is definitely ok. Using parts 1a, 2, and 3b together is probably ok. Using parts 1b, 2, and 3a together might not work well.
- Part ranges are listed in concert key, where C4 is middle C.
When you purchase this composition, you will be taken to PayPal to submit your payment.
As soon as you pay, you will be able to download all the PDF files immediately.
You will have access to every part for each available instrument, in the proper key and clef.
You will also get a complete score (in most cases, we include four separate scores with all parts transposed to C, Bb, Eb, and F).
You don't have to purchase each part separately; one single payment covers all the parts you need for the instruments in your ensemble.
Buy Version v01 ($6.99)
This is an incredibly versatile arrangement. It can be played with anything from a trio to a full band or orchestra. All necessary parts are included in the appropriate clef and transposition to support the following ensembles:
- Brass trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet
- Woodwind trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet
- String trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet
- Clarinet trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet
- Saxophone trio, quartet, and quintet
- Mixed trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet, with optional percussion
- Wind ensemble, brass ensemble, string orchestra, full orchestra, and full band
The parts are described as follows:
- Part 1 is the main melody.
- Part 2 has some B-section melody and harmony.
- Part 3 is additional harmony.
- Part 4 is the main bass line.
- Part 5 is other harmony.
- Part 6 is the main melody down an octave, with some additional notes.
- Part 7 is an optional percussion part (snare drum, cymbal, bass drum) that can be added to any of the above combinations, or skipped entirely.
We recommend the following combinations:
- Trio: Parts 1, 2, 4 (4 works better than 3 for trio).
- Quartet: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4.
- Quintet: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
- Sextet: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Composition: Sousa Semper Fidelis
Duration: 3 minutes
|Sousa Semper Fidelis, Version v01
||Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
|Part 1 (std)
||D4 - G5
||Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Bb Trumpet, Violin, Viola
|Part 2 (std)
||G3 - D5
||Bb Clarinet, Alto/Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Bb Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello
|Part 3 (std)
||G3 - A#4
||Bb Clarinet, Alto/Bass Clarinet, Alto/Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, Bb Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone, C/Bb Euphonium, Violin, Viola, Cello
|Part 4 (std)
||F2 - B3
||Bass Clarinet, Baritone/Bass Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, C/Bb Euphonium, Tuba, Cello, Bass 8vb
|Part 5 (std)
||E2 - A#3
||Bass Clarinet, Bass Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, C/Bb Euphonium, Tuba, Cello, Bass 8vb
|Part 6 (std)
||C3 - F4
||Alto/Bass Clarinet, Tenor/Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn, Baritone, Trombone, C/Bb Euphonium, Viola, Cello, Bass 8vb
|Part 7 (std)
||C1 - C1