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Footlifter March, The

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Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Robert E Foster)

General Info

Year: 1928 / 1935 / 2003
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


In Score and Parts

  • Tuba, m.17: Last note should be an E natural.

See Stith article (below) for errata in the Robert E. Foster edition of the march.

Program Notes

The Footlifter March was composed for a series of radio broadcasts sponsored by a small Cincinnati insurance agency in 1928. The company's slogan was "A penny a day" (for insurance), and the march was referred to as the "Penny-a-Day March" for the short duration of the sponsorship -- short because of the widespread depression. However, the president of the agency remarked that the piece certainly was a "footlifter," and Fillmore used the title while the work was in manuscript. During a discussion with his good friend Phil Gates at a massed band concert in Piqua, Ohio, in 1930, Fillmore remarked that the most energetic "footlifters" were the best marchers. Gates then suggested the same term for a future march title -- not realizing the coincidence -- and the name became permanent. It was published in 1935.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Bradley Ethington, conductor) - 15 November 2022
  • Aledo (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Joey Paul, conductor) – 10 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • Pomona (Calif.) College Band (Graydon Beeks, conductor) - 2 May 2020 (scheduled but not performed)
  • California All-State High School Concert Band (Cody Birdwell, conductor) - 23 February 2020 (2020 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Stephen Lytle, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Mannion Middle School (Henderson, Nev.) Wind Ensemble (Phillip Haines, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Buce Adams, conductor) - 10 Jun 2018
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 1 October 2016
  • Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Band (Jeffrey Leonard, conductor) – 31 January 2016
  • Grand View University (Des Moines, IA) Wind Ensemble (Mark A. Doerffel, conductor) - 25 October 2015
  • United State Air Force Band of the Golden West (Travis AFB, Calif.) (Dustin M. Doyle, conductor) - 20 May 2015
  • Chester County (Penn.) Concert Band (David W. Reif, conductor) - 3 May 2015
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) - 1 November 2014
  • Anderson University Community Concert Band (John Huntoon, conductor) - 20 October 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Courage (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1919/2003/2012)
  • His Honor March (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1934/2014)

All Wind Works


  • Fillmore, H.; Foster, R. (2003). The Footlifter: March [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 204.
  • Stith, Gary. (2019). "The Footlifter March: An Interpretive Analysis of Henry Fillmore's Classic." The Instrumentalist 74, no. 4 (November 2019): 14-16.