Castles in Europe (arr. Wilson)

From Wind Repertory Project
James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe (arr. Chandler Wilson)

Subtitle: The Innovation Trot Ragtime March

General Info

Year: 1914 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Society orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $72.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composer James Reese Europe, one of the most famous African-American musicians of his day, was called the “Martin Luther King of music” by pianist Eubie Blake. The first African-American bandmaster in the United States Army, Europe gained great popularity as a dance band leader, a military band leader, recording artist, and a composer of merit.

Known in New York music circles, and also for touring Europe with his National Guard band, Europe is remembered today for composing several works, including “Castles In Europe” with the subtitle “The Innovation Trot – Ragtime March.” This work is arranged for today’s concert band by Chandler L. Wilson.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

Title refers to himself and to Vernon and Irene Castle, great dance innovators.

- Program Note from BandMusic PDF


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Symphony (Thomas Bough, conductor) – 20 October 2023
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) - 15 April 2023
  • University of Portland (Ore.) Wind Symphony (Patrick Murphy, conductor) - 1 October 2022
  • Indiana University South Bend Wind Ensemble (Dennis Gamble, conductor) - 27 April 2022
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Concert Band (Chandler L. Wilson, conductor) - 22 November 2021

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