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Chris Sharp

Arranged by Chris Sharp

Subtitle: A Music History of the United States

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $11.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This salute to America provides a thorough musical history of the United States. Featuring a multitude of well-known tunes, the medley's timeline begins when our country was still a colony of the British Empire. It continues through the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the westward expansion, the Civil War and World War I. Included are: God Save the Queen; The Girl I Left Behind Me; Chester; Hail, Columbia; Columbia, Gem of the Ocean; Shenandoah; When Johnny Comes Marching Home; The Battle Cry of Freedom; Over There and The Caisson Song. The grand finale features a rousing rendition of the beloved anthem America, the Beautiful.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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