Marches, Marches, Marches

We have been encouraging band directors, music librarians and others to share their suggestions for Golden Age band music that is fun to play and pleasing to audiences. Here are favorites from Marcus L. Neiman, conductor of the Medina Community Band. (Please note that a few of these works are missing parts–we would welcome your help if you can contribute parts that are missing.)

America First, Op. 376 (Losey). Carl Fischer, 1915. Grade 3. Time - 2.30. Time signature – cut-time. Key - E-flat/A-flat. Score – solo cornet. Losey had formed the ‘Losey Military Band School’ in 1914 in Erie, PA and was recognized for his fine compositions. The march (or two-step) has no dedication. A very appropriate and playable addition to any patriotic concert.

American Red Cross (Panella, Louis). Panella, 1919. Grade 3. Time - 2.14. Time signature – cut-time. Key - E-flat/A-flat. Score – solo cornet. The march was written in 1918 to pay tribute to the humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross. An excellent street march or, like the Losey, appropriate for any patriotic concert. Very powerful low brass lines and tuneful trio.

America Victorious (Bagley). Bagley, 1919. Grade 3. Time – 2.28. Time signature – cut time. Key – A-flat/D-flat. Score – solo cornet. Written to express the composer’s feelings that the victory during World War I would make the world safe for democracy. Very appropriate for street march or patriotic concert. Great trio and low brass lines.

Columbiana (Farrar). Harry Coleman, 1902. Grade 3. Time - 2.30. Time signature – cut-time. Key – A-flat/D-flat. Score – solo cornet. Farrar had many Ohio connections and while there is no dedication to the march, there is a Columbiana County in Ohio. Very playable by a young band.

Fearless (Heed). Carl Fischer, 1898. Grade 4. Time - 3.16. Time signature – cut-time. Key – B-flat/E-flat. Score – solo cornet. Heed was known as the ‘March Wizard’ and at the time he wrote this march, his career was flourishing. The last strain features the upper woodwinds!

Front Section (Bagley). H.N. White, 1909. Grade 3. Time - 2.00. Time signature – 6/8 – 2/4. Key – D-flat. Score – solo cornet. Similar to other Bagley offerings. Very tuneful trio and very strong low woodwind and brass lines.

Lincoln Centennial (Sanford). Carl Fischer, 1910. Grade 4. Time – 2.51. Time Signature – common time. Key – F/B-flat. Score – solo cornet. Written to celebrate the centenary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Straight ahead march. Lots of running woodwinds through the final strains. (Missing Eb cornet)

March-Ponderoso (King). (Barnhouse, 1910). Grade 4. Time = 2.50. Time signature – cut time. Key – B-flat/E-flat. Score – condensed. Dedicated to Otto Bohlen, clarinetist, Canton, Ohio. King was 19 years old and began a short career playing baritone in Robinson Famous Shows. A straight ahead circus march that King would have written for a professional level band. Strong tenor voice lead and woodwind runs make this a challenge.

National Defense (Lampe). Jerome H. Remick (1916). Grade 4. Time – 2.30. Time signature – cut time. Key – F/B-flat. Score – solo cornet. Lampe wrote several marches with titles that referred to national security. While listed as a ‘military march,’ there is a strong jazz feel to the march and great trombone and low brass lines. There is a bugle call introduction and optional ‘cannon shots’ in the trio. Last strain features lots of upper woodwind runs. Not an easy march, but great for concert or patriotic celebration.

Old Berks (Althouse). Penn (1915). Grade 3. Time – 4.20. Time signature – cut time. Key – B-flat/E-flat. Score – solo cornet. Very straight ahead, melodic, and playable. Like most Althouse marches, this would be a very playable street or concert march.

On Jersey Shore (Pryor). Carl Fischer (1904). Grade 3. Time – 2.20. Time signature – cut time. Key – B-flat/E-flat. Score – solo cornet. Pryor presented his first performance of “The Pryor Band” on November 15th, 1903. He moved to Asbury Park and began a nearly two decades “summer home” for his band, this march evoking his love for the park. (Missing EbCT, EbA 3/4)

On the Square (Panella, Frank). Panella Music Company (1916). Grade 3. Time – 3.00. Time signature – cut time. Key – E-flat/A-flat. Score – solo cornet. Very straight ahead, melodic, and playable! Great for the street or concert march. This march is very popular here and in England.

Philo Senate (Hall). John Church (1898). Grade 3. Time – 2.30. Time signature – cut time. Key – E-flat/A-flat. Score – solo cornet. The march is dedicated to Philo Senate No. 332 (Waterville, Me.) (Missing Eb clarinet and Eb cornet)

Signal from Mars (Paull). E.T. Paull (1901). Grade 3. Time – 4.17. Time signature – cut time. Key – E-flat/A-flat. Score – solo cornet. Paull's works have a special place in the history of sheet music and American popular song. If it were not for his eye for color and action in the sheet music cover, it is likely that today his works may not even be known, much less collected with any enthusiasm. His powerful musical and visual images inspired people, their patriotism and their emotions, and as a result he managed to become a phenomenon reflective of popular tastes and ideals.

Spirit of Independence (Holzmann/Lampe). Jerome M. Remick (1912). Grade 3. Time signature – 6/8. Time: 3.30. Key – E-flat/A-flat. Score – solo cornet. The march is dedicated to Lampe.