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Circus Bee, The (1908)

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Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore

General Info

Year: 1908
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fillmore Bros. Co.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
Tenor Horn I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


In Parts:

  • Baritone TC, fine ending: Written G should be E-flat to match the previous tied note.

Program Notes

This march was a celebration of sorts for the fact that Fillmore and his father (who managed their publishing business) finally agreed that the young composer could publish his music “at home” even though it did not meet the elder Fillmore’s standard of being religious music. The title came from an imaginary circus newspaper; if John N Klohr could name his famous march after a show business paper called The Billboard March, why not name his new march after a circus paper, real or not?

Perhaps, if Henry Fillmore were still living, he would compose The Circus Fanfare March after the bulletin published by the Windjammers Unlimited, Inc. This group of circus music buffs alternates recording sessions at their conventions with discussions concerning music performed at circuses, past, present, and future. Most seem to agree that the Circus Bee March reflects Fillmore’s lifelong interest in circuses and his varied experiences while touring with five different big top shows.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Courage (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1919/2003/2012)
  • His Honor March (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1934/2014)

All Wind Works


  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 134-135.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 204.