Marches & Patriotic Music

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Alford, Kenneth (1881 – 1945)

Colonel Bogey March

Written in 1914 by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts, a British army bandmaster who later became director of music for the Royal Marines. Since service personnel were discouraged from having professional lives outside the armed forces, Ricketts published Colonel Bogeyand his other compositions under the pseudonym Kenneth Alford. The sheet music was a million-seller, and the march has been recorded many times. Colonel Bogey is the official march of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) of the Canadian Forces and Malcolm Arnold incorporated the march into his Oscar award winning score for the 1957 filmBridge Over the River Kwai.

The main tune was allegedly inspired by a military man and golfer who whistled the characteristic two-note phrase (a descending minor third interval) instead of shouting ‘fore!’ It is this descending interval which begins each line of the melody.

arranged by Michael Allen

3 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba (optional percussion)

BB BE 120605 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – easy


Bagley, Edwin E. (1857 – 1922)

National Emblem

Clever march that incorporates the National Anthem – perfect for those Independence Day celebrations.

arranged by Michael Allen

B flat Piccolo, 2 B flat Trumpets, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba,  Percussion (optional)

BB BE 000402 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – intermediate

 


Bellstedt, Hermann (1858 – 1926)

The American Boy

Air and variations on ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ Turn of the century novelty featuring the E flat Cornet arranged by Michael Allen for brass ensemble

(423.11 p) – Solo E flat Cornet, E Flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

BB BE 000808 – $38.00
4′ 30″ – intermediate (solo is professional level)

 


Fillmore, Henry (1881 – 1956)

The Circus Bee

Composed in 1908, the Circus Bee is a real barn burner and can be used as an opener or encore in concerts. The march is named after an imaginary circus newspaper and reflects Fillmore’s lifelong interest in circuses and his varied experiences while touring with five different big top shows.

arranged by Michael Allen

Piccolo in B flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion

BB BE 120411 – $38.00
intermediate


Rolling Thunder March

Classic screamer written in 1916

arranged by Michael Allen

Piccolo in B flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, optional percussion

BB BE 090801 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – difficult


Fucik, Julius (1872 – 1916)

Thunder and Blazes

Also know as Entry of the Gladiators, was composed in 1897 and is an iconic circus screamer.

arranged by Michael Allen for 423.11 brass ensemble

Piccolo, Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba (optional percussion)

BB BE 120503 – $32.00
2′ 30″ – difficult


Key, Francis Scott (1779 – 1843)

Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem)

Key was so moved by the sight of the American flag during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, that he composed the poem “The Defence of Fort McHenry.”  He intended the rhythms of his poem to fit a song by English composer John Stafford Smith entitled “To Anacreon in Heaven.”  The result was adopted as our National Anthem in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson by executive order and finally by congressional resolution in 1931.

arranged with flourish by David Hanson

Piccolo, Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, percussion

BB BE 000807 – $38.00
1′ 30″ – advanced


King, Karl L. (1891 – 1971)

Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite

At the request of Ned Brill (Barnum and Bailey Circus bandmaster, King (who played euphonium in the band) was asked to write this march in 1913.  Often referred to as the “Granddaddy of Circus Marches,” it has become the most famous of the more than 180 marches and screamers written by King.

arranged by Michael Allen

3 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion

BB BE 080703 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – advanced


Sousa, John Philip (1854 – 1932)

El Capitan

El Capitan is an operetta in three acts by John Philip Sousa and has a libretto by Charles Klein (with lyrics by Charles Klein and Tom Frost). The piece was Sousa’s first successful operetta and his most successful stage work. The march “El Capitan” became a standard work both for brass bands and a crossover into other genres.

arranged by Michael Allen for 3 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles on piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion

BB BE 090701 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – medium


Fairest of the Fair

One of Sousa’s more melodic, less military marches, it was composed for the annual Boston Food Fair of 1908. It is claimed that the memory of a pretty girl he had seen at an earlier fair inspired the composition.

arranged by Michael Allen for 3 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles on piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion

BB BE 090111 – $38.00
4′ 00″ – medium


Liberty Bell March

“The Liberty Bell” was written for Sousa’s unfinished operetta “The Devil’s Deputy,” but financing for the show fell through. Shortly afterwards, Sousa and his band manager attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago where they watched a show called “America”. A backdrop in the show included the Liberty Bell and his manager suggested “The Liberty Bell” as the title of Sousa’s recently completed march.

arranged by Michael Allen for 3 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles on piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion

BB BE 080704 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – medium


Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach was written in 1893 to mark the opening of the Manhattan Beach Park Resort, at the eastern end of Coney Island.

arranged by Michael Allen for 423.11 brass ensemble

Piccolo, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba (optional percussion)

BB BE 120504 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – medium


Presidential Polonaise

Sousa wrote the Presidential Polonaise in 1886 at the request of President Chester A. Arthur to keep visitors moving briskly through the White House receiving line.

arranged by Michael Allen for 423.11 brass ensemble

Piccolo, Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion

BB BE 120604 – $38.00
5′ 00″ – medium


Rifle Regiment March

Sousa composed this march in 1886 in honor of the Third Infantry.

arranged by Michael Allen for 3 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion

BB BE 080705 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – medium


Semper Fidelis

Sousa served in the U.S. Marine Corps, first from 1868 to 1875 as an apprentice musician, and then as the head of the Marine Band from 1880 to 1892. Semper Fidelis was written in 1888 and is the official march of the United States Marine Corps. Along with the Presidential Polonaise, Semper Fidelis were both composed response to a request from United States President Chester Arthur.

In an October 1927 interview published in the Independent (Nebraska), Sousa claimed “I wrote “Semper Fidelis” one night while in tears after my comrades of the Marine Corps had sung their famous Hymn at Quantico.”

arranged by Michael Allen for 3 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion

BB BE 080706 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – medium


Stars and Stripes Forever

Sousa’s most famous composition, “Stars and Stripes Forever” is the national march of the United States of America. The famous countermelody in the last strain is given first to the Euphonum and Tuba, before before being handed off to the E♭ Trumpet at the repeat.

arranged by Michael Allen for Piccolo in B flat, Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba (optional percussion)

BB BE 000404 – $38.00
4′ 00″ – medium


The Thunderer

arranged by Michael Allen

Piccolo, Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba (optional percussion)

BB BE 000404 – $25.00
medium


Washington Post March

“The Washington Post” was composed in 1889 at the request of the owners of the famous newspaper for their essay contest awards ceremony. It remains one of Sousa’s most popular marches and led to a British journalist dubbing Sousa as the “March King.”

arranged by Michael Allen for 3 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, optional Percussion

BB BE 090112 – $38.00
2′ 30″ – medium