American Patrol (tr Yoder)

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Frank W Meacham (trans. Paul Yoder)

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General Info

Year: 1885 / 1891 / 1941
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00

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Condensed Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-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 Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Frank W. Meacham was a commercial composer and arranger in New York City for more than 30 years. Of all his music, American Patrol is the only composition that has stood the test of time. There have been at least 26 different band arrangements made of it, the most famous of which is that made by Glenn Miller for his band.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The concert arrangement opens with a very soft and uncomplicated drum cadence, simulating the approach of a military patrol on guard duty. The first melody, which original with Meacham, begins quietly and gradually increases in intensity. It is followed by a medley of well-known patriotic songs, including Columbia, The Gem of the Ocean (1843), Yankee Doodle (1782), and Dixie (1860). The music then fades until a final burst of martial music concludes the piece.

Meacham copyrighted a piano version of American Patrol in 1885. After the band arrangement was published in 1891, the popularity of the march increased steadily for several decades. At least eight firms published vocal editions during World War II; 16 publishers published editions for piano during the same time. Numerous concert and jazz arrangements have also been published for band and orchestra, from Carl Fischer's edition in 1891 to Edwin F. Kalmus's editions 90 years later. Recordings of this perennial favorite have been made by dozens of bands (including Glenn Miller's) since it was recorded by the Sousa Band, with Arthur Prior conducting, in 1900.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 4 July 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Carlos Gama, Jr., conductor) - 26 June 2018

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