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Old Circus Band March, The

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Fred Jewell

Fred Jewell (ed. John Boyd)

General Info

Year: 1922 / 1985
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Drums (instrumentation undifferentiated in score)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the tradition of fast and furious circus marches, this is a most enjoyable old-style circus march that becomes more fun as the speed increases

- Program Note from publisher

The 1922 march The Old Circus Band, introductory fanfare and all, is a fine glance back to the earlier days of circus music. Written by the outstanding circus composer and bandleader Fred A. Jewll (1875-1936) while he was director of the Iowa Brigade Band in Oskaloosa, it is an enduring iece that remains int he repertory of concert bands. One of Jewell's top jewels, it has been reworked my many musicians including John Boyd, who in 1985 produced this reorchestrated version for symphonic band.

- Program Note from Circus Songs

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 2 October 2016

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  • Jewell, F.; Boyd, J. (1985). The Old Circus Band March [score]. Ludwig Music Publishing Co.: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Studwell, W., et al. (1999). "Circus Songs: An Annotated Anthology." New York: The Haworth Press, pp. 21.