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Combination March (arr Schuller)

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Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin (arr. Gunther Schuller)

General Info

Year: 1896 / 1975
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $30.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Combination March was the second published march (1896) by composer Scott Joplin (1868–1917) and is one of his earliest works. The meaning of “combination” is unknown. Gunther Schuller orchestrated the march in the early 1970s for concert band, and captured the lightness and spirit of the composer’s early works for piano. One of Joplin’s most famous pieces, Maple Leaf Rag, was published in 1899 and was followed over the next two decades by more than 50 rags and other compositions, including two operas.

- Program Note from The Concord Band concert program, 2 March 2013

Although Joplin composed most of his works for piano, he arranged many for various instruments and would have undoubtedly endorsed this band transcription by Gunther Schuller. With the success of his opera Treemonisha in 1975, a Pulitzer Prize recognition award in 1976, and about 40 band arrangements of his works listed in the 1982 Band Music Guide, Joplin's music is finally gaining its just recognition.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Symphonic Band (Timothy Sexton, conductor) - 9 November 2021
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 4 July 2021
  • University of Southern Main (Gorham) Concert Band (Jackie Townsend, conductor) – 5 October 2019
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Concert Band (Kenneth Pfromm, graduate conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductors) – 13 October 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 3 November 2016
  • The Concord (Mass.) Band (James O'Dell, conductor) – 2 March 2013

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