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Joyce's 71st NY Reg't March (arr. Barnes)

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T.R. Boyer

T R Boyer (arr. James Barnes)

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General Info

Year: 1881 / 1995
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


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Program Notes

Joyce’s 71st was one of several famous 19th-century regimental bands in New York. Others were the 13th, led by Harvey Dodworth; the Ninth, (D. L. Downing); the Seventh, (Claudio Grafulla); and the 22nd (Patrick Gilmore). With expert conductors and talented immigrant and native members, these bands were models for many other 19th-century groups. As pointed out by march researcher Bob Hoe on Volume 42 of the Heritage of the March series, “All arrangers do not necessarily follow the exact intentions of the original composer.” In 1937, the arranger Mayhew Lake retained Boyer’s original melodies but changed harmonies, used a different key for the trio, composed a new euphonium countermelody for the final section, and altered some of the rhythms.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

The original version by Boyer, written sometime prior to 1881, has long been a favored warhorse of military and traditional concert bands. Its dramatic opening and florid second strain give the march great dignity and pomp. Arranger James Barnes was astonished upon seeing an original copy to find dramatic differences (largely in instrumentation) between the original and later 1937 Lake edition.

In this adaptation for modern symphonic band, James Barnes has taken the utmost care to preserve the character of the original version of this march. No harmony was changed, no lines were added, and no voicings were altered. Articulations were clarified and made consistent throughout, a few notes added to the percussion parts (all in parenthesis), a full score created, a suitable cymbal part was written for modern performers (instead of the expectation that the bass drummer would improvise with the cymbals), and a glockenspiel part was added.

- Program Note from publisher


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Boyer, T.; Barnes, J. (1995). Joyce's 71st N.Y. Regiment March [score]. Southern Music:L San Antonio, Tx.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "T.B. Boyer." Accessed 24 August 2015
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 82.