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Let Freedom Ring

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Ryan Nowlin

Ryan Nowlin

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Rainstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Before The Star-Spangled Banner officially became the national anthem in 1931, there were many popular hymns that served as de facto anthems for the United States, including My Country ‘tis of Thee. The lyrics of this patriotic American song were written by Samuel F. Smith and set to the melody of God Save the Queen, the anthem of the United Kingdom. Let Freedom Ring, an arrangement of My Country ‘tis of Thee, was penned by staff arranger SSgt. Ryan Nowlin and was performed by the U.S. Marine Band on January 21, 2013, at the second inaugural of President Barack Obama. Drawing his inspiration for this piece directly from Smith’s patriotic words, Nowlin says his “simplistic treatment of the theme is to portray a deep reverence.” Shining through the texture on numerous occasions, great emphasis is placed on the lyrics, “land where my fathers died,” a strong reminder that America would not be what it is were it not for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.

- Program Note by the United States Marine Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2021 (Presidential Inauguration)
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) - 10 November 2020
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Honors Wind Symphony (Christopher D. Hoch, conductor) - 19 January 2020
  • University of Idaho (Moscow) Concert Band (Jason Johnston, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tx.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 5 November 2019>
  • Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, Ohio) (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Band (Gregory Fritz, conductor)– 13 June 2019 (Hampton, Va.)
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 12 April 2019
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (East Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) – 17 March 20189
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Andrew J. Esch, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • Wheaton (Ill.) Municipal Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) - 21 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • Fresno (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Robert Nielsen, conductor) – 28 May 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 19 April 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 19 March 2017
  • California All-State High School Concert Band (Michelle Rakers, conductor) - 19 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2017 (Presidential inauguration)
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 17 June 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Nowlin, R. [2014]. Let Freedom Ring [score]. Neil A. Kjos: San Diego, Calif.