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Clare Ewing Grundman (11 May 1913, Cleveland, Ohio - 15 June 1996, South Salem, New York) was an American composer and arranger, one of the 20th century's most prolific and highly respected composers for band.

Grundman's schooling included Shaw High School in East Cleveland and Ohio State University (BS, 1934; MA, 1939). From 1937 to 1941 he taught arranging, woodwinds and band at Ohio State; during World War II he was in the Coast Guard.

Grundman credited Manley R. Whitcomb with first encouraging him to write for band and Paul Hindemith with providing practical techniques for composition. During a span of 50 years, he wrote more than 100 compositions for school, university and professional bands. His works also include scores and arrangements for radio, television, motion pictures, ballet and Broadway musicals. His music has become repertoire standards in school and college bands throughout the world. Some of Grundman's most popular band scores include American Folk Rhapsody No. 4 (1977), Norwegian Rhapsody (1979), Overture on a Short Theme (1978), The Spirit of '76 (1964), and Tuba Rhapsody (1976).

His lively, inventive compositions combined substance, playability and audience appeal, and are regarded as standard repertoires in the field. Also valuable are his settings of works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, and Edward Elgar.

Works for Winds


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 255.