Esprit de Corps (Jager)

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Jager

Robert Jager

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks Music through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel (Orchestra Bells)
  • Snare drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Xylophone


In Score:

  • Flute I, Two meas. before reh.P, beat 1: Add "mf".
  • Oboe I, Two meas. before reh.P, beat 1: Add "mf".

In Parts:

  • Flute II, reh. F: Should only double piccolo for four bars at letter F, and should switch back to flute at m. 63 (4 after F). They should also play piccolo from pickups to J to K, and again for only four measures at letter Q, switching back to flute at m. 155.
  • Oboe I-II, meas. before reh. P, beat 1: add "mf" (to match Flute I).
  • Oboe II, meas. 4, beat 4&: A should read B-flat.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, Fix page turn at the bottom of page 3 (copy the first system from page 4 and tape it to the bottom of page 3).
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, 2nd to last measure, beat 2: hairpin decrescendo should read hairpin crescendo.
  • B-flat Trumpets, m.28. Split the octave on beat 4 as they do in m. 6, with trumpet II divided and trumpet III playing second line G.
  • B-flat Trumpet (Cornet) II, m.4, beat 4: Add eighth rest before the 16th notes.
  • Horns, reh.R. Octave higher if possible (as per Mr. Jager's preferences).
  • Horn in F II, 5 meas. after reh.P, beat 1: Add half rest.
  • Horn in F III, reh.A, beat 3: G-flat should read G natural.
  • Horn in F III, 5 meas. after reh.E, beat 1: Add half rest.
  • Trombone II, 4 meas. after reh. K, beat 3: Add "3" under eighth note beam to clarify the triplet figure.
  • Baritone, Bass Clef. 2 meas. before reh.R, beat 1: E-flat should read F ; Score also [This correction is subject to the conductor’s opinion].
  • Percussion III, m.1: Add "4/4" meter signature to all three staves.
  • Percussion III, 4 meas. before reh. D, beat 3: Play on chimes, not xylophone as indicated (change the label on that system).

Program Notes

Based on The Marines' Hymn, this work is a kind of fantasy-march, as well as a tribute to the United States Marine Band, which group had commissioned the work. Full of energy and drama, the composition has its solemn moments and its lighter moments (for example, the quasi-waltz in the middle of the piece). The composer intends that this work should display the fervor and virtuosity of the Marine Band and the musical spirit and integrity of its conductor, Colonel John R. Bourgeois, for whom the initial tempo marking, "Tempo di Bourgeois," is named. Colonel John Bourgeois is a dramatic, spirited conductor who reflects the excitement of the music being played. When a tempo is supposed to be "bright" he makes sure it is exactly that. Because the tempo of Esprit de Corps is to be very bright, the marking just had to be "Tempo di Bourgeois!"

- Program note from


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: V


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