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Dance to the Music

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Sylvester Stewart

Sylvester Stewart (arr. Doug Adams)

General Info

Year: 1968 / 2011
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Punk Band
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

Instrumentation (marching band arrangement)

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone/Horn in E-flat
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Low Brass and Woodwinds
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Quad-Toms
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dance to the Music is a 1967 hit single by soul/funk/rock band Sly and the Family Stone for the Epic/CBS Records label. Bandleader Sly Stone crafted a formula, blending the band's distinct psychedelic rock leanings with a more pop-friendly sound. The result was what saxophonist Jerry Martini called "glorified Motown beats."

It was the first single by the band to reach the Billboard Pop Singles Top 10, peaking at #8 and the first to popularize the band's sound, which would be emulated throughout the black music industry and dubbed "psychedelic soul". It was later ranked #223 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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