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Emblem of Unity

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J J Richards

J J Richards (arr. James Swearingen)

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1988
Duration: c. 3:40
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
Cornets I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


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

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


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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.