Rags & Such

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.

Chili Sauce Rag – Fischler-Losey-Bentley (1911) Vandersloot. Key: A-flat/D-flat. Time: 2/4.
I recommend John Bentley’s new arrangement for lots of reasons, but prime among them are the full score and the fantastic arrangement of the ragtime gem. Length: 2.20. Difficulty: 4. Comments. I first found, and downloaded the original, then found Bentley’s arrangement. Keep in mind that H.A. Fischler is a pen-name of Harry L. Lincoln.

Jack Rabbit Rag – Garcia-Losey (1910) Vandersloot. Key: E-flat/A-flat. Time: 2/4. Score: solo cornet. Length: 3:15. Difficulty: 4. Comments: D-flat piccolo, but has C flute/piccolo in manuscript, E-flat alto horns.
Straight forward rag and very playable!

Operatic Rag – Lenzberg, Julius (1914) Jerome H. Remick. Key: E-flat/A-flat. Time: 2/4. Score: solo cornet. Length: 3:00. Difficulty: 4. Comments: D-flat piccolo part, but manuscript C-flute/piccolo and horns are in E-flat.
Lots of surprises in this rag and again, very playable.

A Signal from Mars – Paull, E. T. (1911). Key: E-flat/A-flat. Time: cut. Score: solo cornet. Length: 3:50. Difficulty: 3. Comments: C flute/piccolo included, manuscript F horn parts.
Listed as a march or two-step. Very playable.

Burning of Rome – Paull, E. T. (1903). Key: D-flat/G-flat. Time: 2/4. Score: solo cornet. Length: 3:30. Difficulty: 4. Comments: D-flat piccolo, no C flute/piccolo, alto horn parts.

Pushing On – Sousa, John Philip (1918) Guy F. Lee. Key: F. Time: 2/4. Length: 1:10. Score: solo cornet. Difficulty: 3.
This is a very playable Sousa march!

Overture Vautour – Sousa, John Philip (1894) Harry Coleman. Key: F/D-flat/B-flat. Time: Common, Cut. Length: 4:50. Score: solo cornet. Difficulty: 3. Comments: D-flat piccolo, E-flat horns.
Very much in the style of von Suppé and the period. Very interesting and worth doing.

White Rose March – Sousa, John Philip (1907) Harms, Francis, Day & Hunter. Key: D-flat/G-flat. Time: 2/4. Length: 3:00. Score: solo cornet. Difficulty: 4.
A unique march, based on themes from C.C. Frick’s Nittaunis. Both D-flat piccolo and C flute/piccolo, and E-flat horns. Also in a new edition with modern parts and score by Mark Sczublewski.

Crab Apples – Wenrich-Losey (1909) Brehm Brothers. Key: B-flat/E-flat. Time: 2/4. Length: 3:00. Score: solo cornet. Difficulty: 4. Comments: D-flat piccolo part, but manuscript C-flute/piccolo part, horns are in E-flat.
A very playable, straight ahead, rag.

Marcus Neiman is a retired high school band director and arts education administrator. He has conducted the Medina Community Band since September of 1972, and is currently on the music education faculty at Kent State University.