Officer of the Day March

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Browne Hall

Robert Browne Hall

General Info

Year: 1903
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lyon & Healy
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Solo B-flat Cornet Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tenor Horn I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


  • B-flat Clarinet I, 1st m. of 4th system (m.8 of 2nd strain), beat 1: F should read D
  • B-flat Clarinet I, 2nd to last m. of 4th system (1st ending), beat 6: C should read B natural
  • B-flat Clarinet, I, last m. of 4th system (2nd ending), beat 1: G should read A
  • Solo B-flat Cornet, m.4, beat 1: Fotted quarter note should read quarter note + eighth rest
  • Solo B-flat Cornet, m.18 (1st m. of 3rd system), beat 1: B-flat should read B natural
  • B-flat Cornets II-III, 4 m. before the Trio (1st meas. of 5th system), beat 1: F sharp/G natural should read F natural/G sharp

Program Notes

Officer of the Day March was first published in 1903 by Lyon and Healy of Chicago, one of the first companies to offer royalties to march composers. In addition to arrangements for band and other instrumental combinations, Lyon and Healy published this march for piano and paid Hall two cents for each copy sold; 300,000 copies were sold the first year in Europe alone. Unfortunately, many of Hall's earlier marches were sold outright, including several to the Mace Gay Company for five dollars each.

The title refers to the military practice of designating an officer to represent the post commander during his off-duty hours, The duty rotates among the commissioned officers with the choice of rank depending on the size of the military installation. This march has remained one of the most popular military-titled marches in the United States and Great Britain for almost the entire twentieth century.

- Program Note from March Music Notes


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Hall, R. (1903). Officer of the Day March [score]. Lyon and Healy: New York, N.Y.
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 180.