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Little Ripper March, The

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David Stanhope

David Stanhope

General Info

Year: 1989 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - (print) - $142.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This Australian concert march from the repertoire of composer and conductor David Stanhope is a dainty and playful take on the traditional march genre. Mr. Stanhope intended for the work to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. The title, a term used more commonly in Australia, usually refers to a successful or extraordinary individual.

The march itself maintains a light and lilting composure due in large part to its oscillating long-short-long-short-long note values in 6/8 time. The melody is passed through all sections of the ensemble, often juxtaposed between high and low sections, giving everyone a chance to shine and showcasing the many colors of this vibrant ensemble.

- Program Note from University of Miami Frost Symphonic Winds concert program, 13 February 2022


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Jack Hontz, conductor) - 13 February 2022
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Polly K. Middleton, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 3 November 2017
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Walker, conductor) – 6 May 2017
  • Camberwell High School (Canterbury, Aus.) Wind Ensemble (Joanne Heaton, conductor) – Winter 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Stanhope, D. (2001). The Little Ripper March [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.