Bombasto (ed. Smith)

From Wind Repertory Project
Orion F. Farrar

Orion R Farrar (ed. Claude T. Smith)

General Info

Year: 1895 / 1985 / 1996
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I (and Piccolo)
Flute II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In addition to its suitability for passes-in-review and street parades, Bombasto proved to be extremely popular as entry and exit music during the vaudeville and silent-film era. Like many of Farrar’s other marches, it was dedicated to a military unit, in this instance the Seventh Ward Military Band of Omaha, Nebraska. His Fort Omaha March constituted another salute to that important military and farming center in eastern Nebraska. Although acquaintances remember seeing the composer-conductor in a “military” uniform in Lima, Ohio, the late William Baker learned that Farrar never served in the U.S. armed forces, including the National Guard.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

O.R. Farrar’s vintage march has been skillfully re-scored by Claude T. Smith, making this classic attainable for contemporary bands without losing its original zest. Sensational!

- Program Note from publisher

Dedicated to the 7th Ward Military Band, Omaha, Nebraska.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 201.