High and Mighty

From Wind Repertory Project
Fred Jewell

Fred Jewell (arr. Andrew Glover)

Subtitle: March

General Info

Year: 1917 / 2005
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (I div. a2)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet or Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This march, characterized by circus band leader Merle Evans as "high and difficult," was written in 1917 for P.G. Lowry (1871-1942), "the greatest side show band leader who ever lived," according to by Evans and circus historian Robert L. Parkinson. Lowry performed with several circus sideshows but, after being recruited by Evans in 1919, led the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Sideshow Band until 1931. According to Jewell's son, the fact that Lowry was black prevented him from playing cornet in the main circus band. Fred Jewell attempted to get his transferred to the big top band, but the circus management would not agree. Jewell's son wrote that "Dad had deep feelings about that trumpet player an a lot of other black musicians whose talents were wasted."

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Fred Jewell dedicated this to P.G.Lowrey, an African-American cornet virtuoso who was a pioneering headliner in circus bands and was the "Jackie Robinson of the American band movement." Walloping low brass, dizzying woodwinds and screaming trumpets bring the sound of the big top in this exciting and challenging march.

- Program Note from publisher

To P. G. Lowery.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Mark U. Reimer, conductor) - 14 November 2021
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 18 July 2017

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