Moorside March

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Gordon Jacob)

Subtitle: From A Moorside Suite

General Info

Year: 1928 / 1960
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $77.71


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
Flutes I-II
Oboes I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Moorside Suite, from which this march is taken, was commissioned as the test piece for the British National Brass Band Championship at the Crystal Palace, London, in 1928. Holst set the pattern for other composers of international repute who also wrote for the brass band in subsequent years. He left an incomplete version for military band, containing all of the first movement and 38 bars of the second, to be completed later. It is not known whether the brass or the military band score (now in the British Museum) was begun first.

Gordon Jacob arranged the suite for orchestra in 1952 and for wind band in 1960. According to Imogen Holst, her father "liked writing for brass better than for military band: it was mellower and more flexible. His affection for the trombone was lasting, and he knew the texture of the band instinctively and could get the best out of every instrument." At the Crystal Palace he listened to the piece 15 times and was deeply impressed by players who "combined the enthusiasm of amateurs with the skill of professionals. It was not only their technical proficiency that he admired so much: it was their sense of phrasing ad their real musicianship."

The march begins with a rising, four-note motif which leads into a vigorous theme, noteworthy because of its six-bar phrases. A second theme, employing more normal eight-bar phrases, is introduced by the saxophone. The trio is reminiscent of the ceremonial marches of Elgar and Walton in its pomp and dignity. After a brief modulatory section based on the opening motif, the first two themes are restated, and the march concludes with a coda containing material from the trio.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wind Symphony (John P. Lynch, conductor) - 5 October 2023
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Shelby Chipman, conductor) - 2 March 2023 (88th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Susquehanna University (Snelinsgrove, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (David Rohrer, conductor) - 8 October 2022
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Concert Band (Amy Birdsong, conductor) - 26 October 2021
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) - 1 April 2021
  • East Texas Baptist University (Marshall, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Nathan G. Phillips, conductor) – 2 October 2020
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Concert Band (Skye Holmes, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Andy Collinsworth, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (Chili, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Condoluci, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Collinsville High School (Collinsville, Il.) Symphonic Band (Ryan Stack, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Keith Taylor, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Jong Ho Kim, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Campus Concert Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • The University of Texas at Tyler Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Emge, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Mercyhurst (Ore.) University Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 21 February 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 6 February 2018
  • Genesee Valley (Batavia, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Katherine Robinson, conductor) – 19 November 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


  • Holst, G.; Jacob, G. (1960). Moorside March, from Moorside Suite [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: London.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 296-297.