Since 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the “Sousapalooza” – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

This year, Sousapaloozas will be held in numerous cities around the US, full list to come. Below are confirmed locations. Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!

Sousapalooza Repertoire (click to download):
El Capitan
Fairest of the Fair
Hands Across the Sea
Liberty Bell March
Rolling Thunder
Semper Fidelis
Stars and Stripes Forever
The Thunderer
Washington Post March

Sousapalooza Schedule 2019

Make Music Chicago: Sousapalooza
Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Whether you last played 20 minutes ago or 20 years ago, we invite you to relive the good ol’ days of concert band! Join the Navy Band Great Lakes with Make Music Chicago this June 21st for Sousapalooza, the annual band instrument play-along event. Chairs will be provided, but you will need to bring your own stand or flip folder. Repertoire will be announced soon (but you can bet there will be a lot of Sousa marches!).Click here to RSVP and download music!

Make Music Anchorage: Sousapalooza
The Horn Doctor, 1000 Ingra Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Conducted by Emily Weaver
Space is limited so please RSVP by emailing Emily, or calling the Horn Doctor at (907) 272-4676.


Make Music Cleveland: Sousapalooza
Details coming soon!

This year’s Sousapalooza will be hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Music featuring members of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. All are welcome to join!

Day of Music Fullerton: Sousapalooza
Details coming soon!

Join the band as we perform the music of John Philip Sousa. Anyone is welcome to play so long as you have an instrument and the spirit. This will be a “come as you are” event, no specific dress required, but if you wish, show up in your school colors or band uniform! We’ll provide chairs, sheet music, a resting station, water, and other items during the festivities.


Make Music Iowa Corridor: Sousapalooza
Old Capital, 21 N Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52242
6:00pm – 7:00pm

This is an invitation for brass, woodwind, and percussion players to come together in front of the Old Capitol and sight read the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa. Download the music, bring your instrument, a chair, a music stand and join the band! No fees, no rehearsal, just fun! RSVP and download the music here:

Make Music Hartford: Sousapalooza
Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford (on the grassy side of the building)
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Conducted by Alan Francis
Were you in marching band in school or do you play a brass or woodwind instrument? Get together with a group of friends and strangers to play the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa! Our friends at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School are partnering with us to conduct the group. You won’t want to miss being a part of the band or seeing the performance! It’s easiest if you download and print your own sheet music to match your instrument (repertoire coming soon!). Bring your own music stand (a limited number will be available). Some chairs will be provided. Audience members are welcome to just enjoy the music! Musicians are encouraged to RSVP so the conductor can better prepare: Sign up here.


Make Music Salem: Sousapalooza
Details coming soon!

Conducted by Trinh Youngman

Make Music Wichita
Old Town Square, E. 2nd St. N. and Mead, Downtown Wichita, KS
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Anyone who plays a wind band instrument is invited to join in and sight read the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa. Chairs will be provided, but you will need to bring your own instrument, stand and clothes pins. A few stands and clothes pins will be on hand. The group will be conducted by various outstanding retired music educators from the area.