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March from "1941", The

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 4:47
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (2 players)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

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


None discovered thus far.

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 by 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

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • 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
  • Ohlone Community Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 13 March 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point, N.Y.) (Richard Winkels, conductor) – 21 July 2018
  • City of Fairfax (Va.) Band (Robert Pouliot, conductor) – 20 May 2018
  • Williamsport (Md.) Community Band (John Slick, conductor) - 13 May 2018
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Rebecca Cichy, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School Symphonic Honors Band (Kevin Arnott, conductor) - 2 April 2018
  • Solano Winds (Fairfield, Calif.) (Bill Doherty, conductor) – 9 March 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Summer Concert Band (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 14 June 2017
  • Sam Ramon (Calif.) Community Band (Larry Colon, conductor) – 3 March 2017
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 17 August 2016
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 17 June 2016
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Michael Phillips, conductor) – 26 April 2016
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 14 July 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Williams, J.; Lavender, P. (2004). The March from "1941": From the Motion Picture "1941" [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.