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America, the Beautiful

By Samuel Augustus Ward

Concert Band - Grade 3.5
Composed by Samuel Augustus Ward. Arranged by Carmen Dragon. Concert Band. Sam Fox Symphonic Band. 4th of July; Patriotic; Summer. Conductor Score & Parts. 150 pages. Published by Belwin Music (AP.FXB123).

Item Number: AP.FXB123

ISBN 0757932525.

The optional chorus selection to this symphonic band arrangement is 00-FXCX259.

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  • 5

    Charlie Law
    Las Vegas, NV
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  • 2004-09-09 00:00:00.0 Classic Work By A Legendary Writer

    'America' never sounded so beautiful! Many people today know Darryl Dragon (the Captain of "The Captain and Tenille"), but not his father, Carmen, a top Hollywood composer/arranger for years. After a big brassy statement of the theme this stirring arrangement begins with a quiet development section for the woodwinds...

    that continues to build as it unfolds key changes and new voicings. You will need a good french horn section, as they are at times suspended over the melody a la Johnny Richards' writing for the Kenton mellophone section. Absolutely gorgeous! It builds to a dramatic brass fanfare that caps off the arrangement and brings the audience to its feet. A great closer for any concert. I must have played this a hundred times, but it still thrills me every time! Takes some rehearsing to get the dynamics and rubatos right, but VERY MUCH WORTH THE EFFORT. (There is also an orchestra version, but this needs to be in your BAND library!

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