Year: 1918 / 
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Church
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print
For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornets Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor Horn I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
Although the introduction and first strain of this march are in a minor key, it still has a solid, bravura sound that is meant for marching, not just listening. Being a trombonist, Duble made sure that the lower brass had their share of interesting soli sections, an example being the last four bars before the repeat to the beginning -- interestingly, he wanted the introduction played twice. The upper woodwinds have their fun at the trio. Although Bravura March was written for circus use, the rodeo bands, the parade bands, and the football bands also use this march with great frequency.
- Program Notes from Program Notes for Band
Bravura is the most famous of Charles Edward Duble’s thirty-one marches. As the title announces, it declares the show of daring, exceptional ability, and technical skill that is displayed by circus performers and musicians. Written in 1918 while Duble was playing trombone with the Sells-Floto Circus, it is a much enjoyed circus “screamer” that was suitable for the opening parade of performers, a wild animal act, or for aerialists swinging under the great white tents. Listen for the important passages that he wrote for the brass section.
- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphony Band concert program, 13 November 2015
- Audio CD: United States Coast Guard Band (Lewis J. Buckley, conductor) - 2001
None discovered thus far.
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- University of Wisconsin-Madison University Band (Darin Olson, conductors) – 8 March 2020
- Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 5 May 2019
- Austin (Tx.) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) - 4 July 2018
- Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 22 February 2018
- Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Concert Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 24 April 2017
- Grand View University (Des Moines, IA) Wind Ensemble (Mark A. Doerffel, conductor) - 9 April 2017
- Kearsarge Community Band (New London, N.H.) (Aarne Vesiland, conductor) – 28 February 2016
- Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 16 February 2016
- Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 13 November 2015
- Allegheny College (Pa.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) – 26 June 2015
- Banda Sinfonica dell'Umbria (Italy) (Paolo Venturi) – 16 February 2014
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Battle of the Winds (arr. Oliver) (1917/2017)
- Battle of the Winds (arr. Rhea) (1917/2003)
- Bravura (1918)
- Circus King March, The (1916)
- Crimson Plume March, The (1916)
- Old Glory Triumphant (1919)
- Old Glory Triumphant (arr. Glover) (1919/2006)
- On Florida Shores March (1926)
- Salute to Williamsport March (1906)
- Wizard of the West (tr. and ed. Oliver) (1908/[2014?])
- Duble, C. (1918). Bravura [score]. John Church Co.: [s.l.]
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Charles E. Duble." Accessed 28 June 2015.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 179.