Emblem of Unity

From Wind Repertory Project
J J Richards

J J Richards (arr. James Swearingen)

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1988
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This brilliant march, Richards' most popular, was written while he was living in Sterling, Illinois, conducting both the high school and community bands. A classic and exciting composition, this work is played by hundreds of school and professional bands each year. In conducting an elite band composed of outstanding Dutch musicians in 1981, Col. Arnald Gabriel, then conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band, selected Emblem of Unity as one of only six American works for a jubilee concert which was broadcast in Kerkreade, Holland. Some of the composition's unique features include: the chord changes which precede the snare drum forzando in the introduction, the short lower-brass breaks, and the final strain, which sounds correct at either a constant, slower, or accelerating tempo.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Rose Craig Tyler, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • Spring Garden Band of York (Dover, Penn.) (Dale Groome, conductor) - 3 July 2023
  • Tennessee Valley Winds (Murphreesboro) (Erich Zimmerman, conductor) - 10 February 2023
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) - 28 November 2022
  • Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.) Wind Ensemble (Skip Vandelicht, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 6 December 2020
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Ohio University (Athens) University Band (Emily Talley, conductor) – 29 October 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) University Band (James Popejoy, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Erin Colleen Cooper, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Mike Schofield, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Mike Schofield, conductor) - 14 February 2019 (2019 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Genesee Valley (Batavia, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Philip J. Briatico, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller, conductor) - 3 November 2017
  • Illinois Music Educators Association Junior Festival Concert - 7 November 2015
  • Stone High School (Wiggins, Miss.) Symphonic Band (Mohamad Schuman, conductor – 22 December 2001 (2001 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Richards, J.; Swearingen, J. (1988). Emblem of Unity: (Concert March) [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 502-3.