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National Emblem March (1906)

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E.E. Bagley

Edwin Eugene Bagley

General Info

Year: 1906
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Walter Jacobs
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone/Alto Clarinet
B-flat Tenor Saxophone/Bas s Clarinet
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(Percussion instrumentation undifferentiated in score)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

National Emblem March is one of America's best loved and most popular marches. The Chatfield (Minnesota) Music Lending Library includes 14 different arrangements for band or orchestra among its holdings. Reginal Bagley, a third cousin of the composer, believed that the march was begun in 1902 and first rehearsed in a train baggage car en route from Bellows Falls to Greenfield, New Hampshire. It was first played in manuscript by the Keene, New Hampshire, City Band, was revised, and was copyrighted in 1906. A vocal arrangement, with words by M.F. Sexton, was copyrighted two years later. A copy of Bagley's revision was presented to the University of Florida's Bachman Band Library in 1965.

In addition to The Star Spangled Banner, which provided melodic material for the first strain and trio, Bagley's memories of the herds of buffalo he had seen while crossing the Western prairies in the 1870s and 1880s inspired the heavy, repetitive beats heard in the trio.

- Program Note Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bagley, E. (1906). National Emblem March [score]. Walter Jacobs: Boston, Mass.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 29.