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Stephen Flaherty

Stephen Flaherty (arr. Ryan Nowlin)

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Subtitle: An American Story

General Info

Year: 1996/
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Ragtime is a 1996 musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. The music includes marches, cakewalks, gospel and ragtime.

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.

Historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman are represented in the stories.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Marine Band Assistant Director Captain Ryan Nowlin arranged many of these award winning orchestrations for concert band. He says of his work that he was “looking to emphasize the broader themes of the show: the promise of America, the American Dream … the hope that the country represents, and continues to represent for millions. We wanted to underscore the principles of justice, the necessity of change, and the promise to future generations.” - Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 9 August 2017

This medley arranged by Ryan Nowlin includes Ragtime, Goodbye, My Love, Success, Sarah Brown Eyes, Atlantic City, Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc., Back to Before, Make Them Hear You, Our Children, and The Wheels of a Dream


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State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor; Kevin Bennear, baritone; Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano) – 4 February 2018

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