March from "1941", The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (div. a2)
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
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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cannon
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone (4.0 octaves)
  • Xylophone


In Score and Parts:

  • Percussion II, Crash Cymbals, m.6: This passage should be moved over one measure to m.7
  • Percussion II, Crash Cymbals, m.55-64: All crash cymbal hits should be on beat 1 in their respective measures instead of beat 4
  • Percussion II, Crash Cymbals, m.69-72: All crash cymbal hits should be on beat 1 in their respective measures instead of beat 4

- Potential errata noted by Matthew LeFebvre

Program Notes

One of Mr. Williams' most requested titles from his distinguished career in film music, this jaunty march is skillfully conceived with tuneful strains, rousingly aggressive brass writing and superb orchestration.

- Program Note from publisher

In Steven Spielberg’s 1979 comedic film 1941, residents of Los Angeles, California, mistakenly believe they are under attack from the Japanese in the aftermath of the assault on Pearl Harbor. The late John Belushi plays “Wild” Bill Kelso, a somewhat unstable yet affable Air Force pilot at the center of the action. According to John Williams, Kelso’s antics “seemed to require a musical accompaniment that had humor and rhythmic vitality. As a result, I set myself the task of writing a zanily patriotic march, that upon hearing, we might be moved to tap our feet to an imaginary parade going by, and have fun doing it.”

The March from 1941 is indeed a fun-filled romp from beginning to end and is most certainly among Williams’ best efforts in the genre of martial music. The première performance of this concert band transcription was given by the Marine Band in 2003, conducted by the composer.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 17 August 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Gary E. Smith, conductor) - 1 March 2023 (88th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • University of Illinois Chicago Wind Ensemble (Nicholas J. Carlson, conductor) - 19 February 2023
  • Cleveland (Ohio) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Trevor Marcho, conductor) – 28 April 2022
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) – 25 April 2022
  • University of Lethbridge (Alb., Can.) Wind Orchestra (Chee Meng Low, conductor) - 20 April 2022
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 4 July 2021
  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (John Goforth, conductor) – 23 May 2021
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) – 25 April 2021
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Concert Band (Tyler Austin, conductor) – 25 February 2021
  • Ashland (Ohio) University Symphonic Winds (Joseph Lewis, conductor) – 20 November 2020
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Concert Band (Tyler Austin, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) – 26 January 2020
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Newberry Park, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 18 January 2020
  • Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Joshua E. Long, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, California) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 18 August 2019
  • Raleigh (N.C.) Concert Band (Lem Hardy, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • Gainesville (Fla.) Pops (Gary Langford, conductor) – 18 May 2019

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