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Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

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Leon Jessel

Leon Jessel (arr. Ralph Ford)

General Info

Year: 1905 / 2002
Duration: c. 2:04
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The parade begins with the percussion section at a distance while the flutes introduce the traditional theme. The wonderfully innovative countermelodies interwoven with the conventional theme are certain to have your listeners on the edge of their seats. With a grand flourish, the parade ends while boosting holiday spirits for all.

- Program Note by publisher

This march characteristic was published as Opus 123 in 1905 by Heinrichshofen’s Verlag of Magdeburg, Germany. Printed first for piano and for orchestra, it was soon released for numerous instrumental solos and combinations. In addition to countless concert performances, the work has been marched to by military drill teams and danced to by the local “rockettes” in many schools and colleges. One of the first American arrangements not only changed the “tin” in the title to “wood” in English, but repeated the error in German and French. The entire title now reads Parade of the Wooden Soldiers—Die Parade der Holzsoldaten—La Parade des Soldats de Bois.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • San Ramon (Calif.) Symphonic Band ( Larry B. Colon, conductor) – 23 December 2018
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Erin Meissner, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Hampton, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) – 10 December 2017
  • Stonewall Brigade Band (Staunton, Va.) (Ray Hoaster, conductor) – 11 December 2017
  • Fallen Middle School (Dublin, Calif.) Advanced Band - December 213

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Jessel, L.; Ford, R. (2000). Parade of the Wooden Soldiers [score]. Warner Brothers: Miami, Fla.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 328.