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Peter Graham

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General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gramercy Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $92.00   |   Score Only (print) - $36.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Red Machine was commissioned by the London-based Band of the Coldstream Guards. Among the band's duties is the famous changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace where their reputation for precision marching has led to them being described as the "Red Machine."

The music reflects the title and heritage of this fine group: from the aggressive, machine-type music of the opening, the contrasting nostalgic French-flavoured waltz through the recapitulation and vivace finale. Listeners may hear references to music associated with the band, from Holst (The Planets) through the opening phrase of the chorale Ein Feste Burg -- familiar to British Guards Bands from the troop march Les Huguenots.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.) Wind Symphony (Mark Camphouse, conductor) - 7 October 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) – 6 November 2019
  • Hong Kong International School Wind Ensemble (Tim Gavlik, conductor) – May 25 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • North Lamar High School (Paris, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Randy Jones, conductor) – 15 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Highlands Ranch) (David Kish, conductor) – 16 December 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 29 October 2017
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 17 October 2017
  • California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony (Jermie S. Arnold, conductor) – 5 October 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphony Band (Kelly Desjardins, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • Brazoswood (Tex.) High School (Brian Casey, conductor) – 7 May 2016
  • Ardee Concert Band (Louth, Ireland) – 2014
  • McClean (Va.) High School Symphonic Band (James Kirchenbauer, conductor) – 19 December 2006 (2006 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Graham, P. (2004). The Red Machine [score]. Gramercy Music: Cheshire [U.K.].
  • Lowe, Frederick. "The Red Machine." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 574-580. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.