March Tumbao

From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Piccolo (optional)
  • Flute
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F

Part 4

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 6

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

March Tumbao is an amalgam of the rhythmic styles of the Afro-Cuban tradition with the American march forms of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The “tumbao” is the principal bass rhythm found in Afro-Cuban dance music and is also a term roughly similar to “swing” in jazz (i.e., the ineffable rhythmic sense of satisfying motion). This cross-cultural combination is far from new as the incomparable Jelly Roll Morton would incorporate Afro-Latin rhythms that he called “the Spanish tinge” into his works which used traditional march or ragtime form.

Besides the tumbao, the cascara, son clave, montuno, and other characteristic rhythms are utilized throughout my composition. The form incorporates all of the typical elements of American marches and rags including a boisterous introduction, a syncopated binary first section, a tuneful trio section, the break strain or dogfight, and a virtuosic woodwind obbligato in the final trio statement.

This work is dedicated to Bob Margolis whose Fantasia Nova inspired me as well as Dr. Richard Mayne (University of Northern Colorado, retired) who always loves a good march.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • OMEA Districts 4 & 7 Viking Band (Birch Browning, conductor) - 18 November 2023 (Cleveland State University)
  • Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Michael S. Yonchak, conductor) - 12 October 2022
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Myron Peterson, conductor) - 2 May 2022
  • Penn State University (University Park) Campus Band (Michquelena Potlunas Ferguson, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band Chamber Players (Arris Golden, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Adam Friedrich, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 4 March 2021

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