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Brighton Beach

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William P. Latham

William P Latham

General Info

Year: 1954 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $77.00   |   Score Only - $12.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Brighton Beach March, composed in 1954, was Latham's first published work for band. It was an immediate success among school band directors and was listed among the 100 most popular marches by The Instrumentalist four times between 1960 and 1976. The style is British, in the tradition of Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, William Walton, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The title (chosen by the publisher) refers to a famous resort on the southern coast of England. In October 1984, Brighton was very much in the news following a predawn IRA [Irish Republican Army] bomb explosion at the 122-year-old Grand Hotel which killed four people. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped death by only two minutes.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


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  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Band (Garson Olivieri, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Eric Wiltshire, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 28 September 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Nicholas Waldron, conductor) – 25 March 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) White Concert Band (Jamal Duncan, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Trey Harris, conductor) – 20 February 2018
  • Catawba Valley New Horizons Band, Hickory NC (Len Allman, conductor) - 11 May 2017
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 7 May 2017
  • California State University Symphonic Band (Jermie S. Arnold, conductor) – 6 October 2016
  • Arizona State University Concert Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 2 December 2013
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charlie Buck III, conductor) – 20 August 2013
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (James Chesebrough, conductor) - 25 April 2013
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (James Chesebrough, conductor) - 3 March 2011

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Latham, W. (2001). Bright Beach: Concert March [score]. Belwin: [s.l.]
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 370.