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Boys of the Old Brigade, The (arr Brittain)

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W. Paris Chambers

W Paris Chambers (arr. Brittain)


General Info

Year: 1901 / 2012
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brittain Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $35.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Though known mainly as a superb cornet soloist, W. Paris Chambers also was a fine conductor, a good teacher, and a prolific composer. Of his 124 marches, Boys of the Old Brigade is his finest. While it is not known if Chambers had a specific brigade in minds, the title does bring to mind the opening lines of a song that was popular at that time: “Where are the Boys of the Old Brigade who fought with us side by side?”

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


The march was published in 1901 by Carl Fischer while Cambers was employed at the New York store. Chambers may have had a specific brigade in mind in choosing this title but, inasmuch as he had access to a wide variety of music and also enclosed the march title in quotation marks, it is possible that the name was borrowed form an older piece of music. One such tune was composed in 1874 by an Englishman, Odoardo Barri (1844-1920), whose real name was Edward Slater. He wrote the song for a Col. Goodenough to sing at one of the Royal Artillery concerts at Woolwich; a march version was later arranged by W.H. Myddleton.

During the early 1900s the American Al Sweet (who studied cornet with Chambers in New York about 1896) had the members of his White Hussars Band sing a sentimental version of The Boys of the Old Brigade. Although Sweet often joked about how "corny" the ballad was, the close harmony of the male voices sometimes brought tears to the eyes of the listeners. The words begin:

Where are the boys of the Old Bridge,
Who fought with us side by side?
Shoulder to shoulder, and blade by blade,
Fought till they fell and died!

- Program Note from March Music Notes


One of the truly great classic American marches! Composed by cornet virtuoso Paris Chambers and arranged by Dan Brittain, this is a rousing and flashy march.

- Program Note by the George Junior High School Symphonic Band concert program, 18 December 2014


Commercial Discography

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