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Americans We

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Frederick Fennell)


General Info

Year: 1929 / 1979
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-alto Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone(Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Kettle Drums
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This famous, well-known and loved march by Henry Fillmore, edited by Frederick Fennell and now available in concert size, is basic to any good band library.

- Program note by publisher


Americans We, first published in 1929, is as happy a piece of music as I know. Fillmore dedicated it "to all of us," and he meant it. It forms one third of that great triad of marches that are the basis of our patriotic inspiration in this positive and traditional source of such an elusive, personal ingredient. The three marches are, of course, Fillmore's Americans We, Bagley's National Emblem March and Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever.

Americans We teams with his other great march, His Honor March, ... to represent Henry Fillmore to all of those people he so sincerely wished to make happy with his music. And highest on his list of those Americans whom he wished to reach with his "old-fashioned patriotism" are the never-ending thousands of young high school band musicians all over the Republic who are its ever-developing present and future.

When you play this new edition of this truly great American march classic, please remember that Henry Fillmore always had more fun with his music -- than anybody.

- Program Note by Frederick Fennell


By 1928, Henry Fillmore was the conductor of his own 24-member professional band in Cincinnati. They performed a very popular series of concerts at the Cincinnati Zoo, a venue conducive to presenting new works. On one such occasion, a new, as yet untitled work premiered to a warm reception and instantaneous success. However, Fillmore had difficulty titling the work. In early performances it went by The Cincinnati Zoo, and at other times Pure Food and Health. Neither of these titles seemed appropriate for a published work, particularly one his Fillmore’s finest. At long last, the work was published in 1929 under the title, Americans We and simply dedicated, “To All of Us.”

- Program Note adapted from Paul Bierley


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 18 September 2019
  • Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Dennis T. Eschbach, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Steven Moore, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Northwest Wind Symphony (Centralia, Wash.) (Dan Schmidt, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • West Orange (N.J.) High School Wind Ensemble (Lew Kelly, conductor) – 14 March 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • College of Lake County (Grayslake, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Flack, conductor) - 10 March 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Honor Band Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) – 9 December 2018
  • Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Spittal, conductor) – 18 November 2918
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsbrg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) - 12 November 2018
  • Oneonta (N.Y.) Community Concert Band (Rene Prins, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • Seward (Ak.) Community Band (Neal Haglund, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 7 November 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • Snow College (Ephraim, Utah) Wind Symphony (David Fullmer, conductor) - 13 April 2018 (2018 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Power Band (Ray Velasquez, conductor) – 27 March 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2017 (Presidential Inauguration)


Works for Winds by this Composer


References