Concert Band - Intermediate
Composed by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). Arranged by Brian Harris. Set of Parts, Score. 61 pages. Published by Bandroom.com Publications (S0.8523).
Item Number: S0.8523
The joyous and fun U.S. FIELD ARTILLERY MARCH by John Philip Sousa will be the favorite of your band and audience alike - especially at the break strain where the band members break into song with the tune everyone knows. Pure excitement! For an even greater effect, have the brass section stand for the final repeat of the famous melody. This lightly-edited arrangement of Sousa's work remains true to the original in key and rhythms, but has modified (easier) ranges for most players. The bass line is now doubled throughout the low woodwinds, and the saxophone parts reorganized (the original published parts were inconsistently voiced). Instead of three clarinet and trumpet parts, it now has two with the second part having optional divisi notes. Also, the repeat of the first strain was removed and an optional cannon shot at the end was added. . . . . DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Medium. . . . . PROGRAMMING: about 2 minutes, 20 seconds in length; any Spring or Fall concert; ideal for use at Contest as a short march will save your players’ chops for other selections. . . . . FEATURES: although still in original key and rhythms, the ranges have been moderated from Sousa's original version; band members sing the famous "Caisson" song as the marimba plays melody to assist singing; trombone section and euphonium replace the 4-part horn section on backbeats during singing section. . . . . CHALLENGES: singing (unless you have your band sing on a regular basis, students might be reluctant at first - but by performance time, they'll belt it out); key signature/key change (Ab major to Db major); limited use of double flats and C-flats in some parts during break strain. . . . . RANGES: Flute to 4th line G (above staff); 1st Clarinet to 2nd line C (above staff); 2nd Clarinet to Eb on staff (4th space); 1st Trumpet to Bb above staff; 2nd Trumpet to F (top of staff; divisi in spots); 1st Trombone to Gb above staff; B.C. Euphonium to G above staff. . . . . INSTRUMENTATION: includes Full Conductor Score (15 pages) and Parts (48 pages) for each instrument: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn (in F) 1 & 2, Horn (in F) 3 & 4, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, B.C. Euphonium, T.C. Euphonium, Tuba, Marimba, Snare & Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals & Cannon. . . . . ARRANGER: Brian Harris holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University, has been published by Warner Brothers, and been a band director for over 25 years. . . . . NOTE: this Digital Download document is assembled with the Clarinet 1 part appearing as page 1 so you may view it on the web site as you listen to the sound file. When you download/print the full document (61 pages, total), the first pages to print will be the Clarinet 1 part, followed by the FULL SCORE, then the remaining PARTS.
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