The Thunderer (March). Composed by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). Arranged by David Shaffer. Concert band. Young Concert Band. Rising Band Series for Developing Bands!. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR362). Grade 1.5. Score and set of parts. Composed 2009. Duration 1 minute, 34 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.024-3832-00).
Composed in 1889, "The Thunderer" is one of John Philip Sousa's finest and most famous marches. Master young band arranger David Shaffer has crafted this uniquely playable arrangement for very young musicians, capturing the unique pyrotechnics of the drum and bugle effects from Sousa's original score. This is a perfect introduction to the classic American march style for young bands.
About Rising Band Series
The Sound Foundations and Rising Band Series are carefully written to provide quality programming correlated to the first four semesters of band instruction. The Rising Band series includes publications at two grade levels identified by color. The GREEN Grade 1.5 Rising Band Series further expands the note, key and rhythmic content continuing the sequence of musical developmental. The MAROON Grade 2 Rising Band Series completes the two-year sequence with quality works for the band that's growing in musical proficiency