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 2018

Make Music Chicago: Sousapalooza
Wrigley Square in Millennium Park
Whether you last played 20 minutes ago or 20 years ago, we invite you to relive the good ol’ days of concert band! Join us 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 Twin Cities: Sousapalooza
Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Conducted by Patrick Bents
Now in its third year, Twin Cities’ tribute to the March King draws instrumentalists from throughout the Twin Cities metro area. This year’s location at the Lake Harriet Bandshell promises to make Sousapalooza the best attended yet. Middle school band director Pat Bents organizes Sousapalooza and will lead this year’s performance.


Make Music Cleveland: Sousapalooza
Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH
Conducted by Andrew Machamer
Day of Music Fullerton: Sousapalooza
Hillcrest Park, Great Lawn, 1200 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832
Conducted by Dr Gary Scott
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 Capitol Building, 21 N Clinton St., Iowa City, IA 52242
Conducted by Nolan Hauta
If you’re interested in participating, please sign up here.
Make Music Portland (ME): Sousapalooza
Monument Square
A mass gathering of brass instrument musicians playing together the marches of the great John Philip Sousa


Make Music Salem: Sousapalooza
High 101, 101 High St, Salem, OR 97301
Conducted by Trinh Youngman
Make Music Hartford: Sousapalooza
Connecticut’s Old State House
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! The University of Hartford’s Hartt School Community Division is partnering with us to conduct the group. You won’t want to miss being a part of the band or seeing the performance! More info here.


Make Music Wichita: Sousapalooza
Old Town Square, E 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67213
Conducted by Bill Johnson
This is an invitation for brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread 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 Bill Johnson, Senseney Music Community Band Director.
Make Music Gainesville: Sousapalooza
Open Lawn, Depot Park
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Come to the first Make Music Gainesville and play in our Sousa Band! Click here to sign up. Sheet music will be provided on site.

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