Americans We

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Frederick Fennell)

General Info

Year: 1929 / 1979
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Large Score Only - $18.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Kettle Drums
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells


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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Symphonic Band (Craig Cornish, conductor) - 16 November 2023
  • Boynton Beach (Fla.) Gold Coast Band (Barbara Ribenstein, conductor) - 19 February 2023
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Band Directors Association Senior Honor Band (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Eliot Prowse, conductor) - 29 May 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Concert Band (Steve Dailey, conductor) - 2 May 2021
  • Stephen F. Austin University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (David Campo, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) University Band (Christine Wolf, conductor) - 6 April 2021
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) University Band (James Popejoy, conductor) - 9 March 2021
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul W. Popiel, conductor) - 25 February 2021
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2021 (Presidential Inauguration)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) - 13 September 2020
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) 11-12 High School Honor Band (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Clinic Honor Band II (Daniel Kirk, conductor) – 2 February 2020
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) – 30 January 2020
  • Tri Rivers High School (Lisbon, Iowa) Honor Band (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 13 January 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Kevin Welborn, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory Concert Band (Winchester, Va.) (Keith Taylor, conductor)– 26 October 2019
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 18 September 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor) – 13 September 2019
  • Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Dennis T. Eschbach, conductor) – 25 May 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Courage (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1919/2003/2012)
  • His Honor March (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1933/2014)

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