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Black and White Rag

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George Botsford

George Botsford (arr. Larry Daehn)

General Info

Year: 1908
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
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-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbals
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ragtime music enjoyed peak popularity between 1897 and 1918. It began as a modification of the march form, with additional “ragged” or syncopated rhythms originating in African musical styles. Black and White Rag was published in 1908 and is Botsford’s most familiar composition.

- Program note by Karen Berry for the San Jose Wind Symphony concert program, 27 January 2013

Written in 1908, this was the most famous of George Botsford's more than twenty rags. Old-time syncopation for all the woodwinds and brasses, splash cymbal, wood block, and all the mallet percussion you want to add - plus the glorious Arthur Pryor trombone smear. A surefire recipe for FUN in the band room and concert hall!

-Program note by publisher


Reference Ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 10 March 2019
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 27 January 2013
  • Crystal Band (Scranton, Penn.) - 28 April 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

None discovered thus far.


  • Botsford, G. (1908). Black and White Rag [piano score]. Jerome H. Remick & Co. : New York.