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American Faces

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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Gong
  • Hi-hat Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestral Bells
  • Siren Whistle
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Tuned Drums (4)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.233: Extend slur to beat 4.
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.220, beat 2: Add slur.
  • Euphonium BC, m.200, beat 3: Add slur to match T.C. Euphonium.

Program Notes

Displaying America's exuberance, pioneering spirit and underlying faith, this driving overture uses many diverse themes, both original and borrowed. The work is not a patriotic medley, but rather a tribute to the various qualities that make up the "faces" of America. The piece is full of Holsinger's metrical wizardry and dynamic surprises.

- Program note by publisher

This composition is programmed to show how another composer has dealt with the musical theme of “Simple Gifts”. Although this melody of the Quaker dance song does not appear until near the center of the piece, it becomes a distinct and powerful countermelody to the initial melodic motives. In fact, as the composition comes to a close, the composer turns the musical tables and allows the “Simple Gifts” theme to become the major subject, both in music and thought.

American Faces was commissioned by Scott McCormick and Bands of America for the 1995 Bands of America National Honor Band. Holsinger has attempted in American Faces to musically allude to the multifarious qualities and standards that make up the "faces" of America. It is not a patriotic montage, but rather an overture of diverse themes, original and borrowed, each conveying the composer's impression of the American exuberance, pioneering spirit, and underlying faith.

- Program Note by David Holsinger for Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 April 2017


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Maryland: V
  • Minnesota: Category I
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Holsinger website Accessed 28 August 2021
  • Holsinger, David (1995). American Faces [score]. TRN Music : Ruidoso, N.M.