Shield of Liberty

From Wind Repertory Project
J J Richards

J J Richards (arr. Andrew Glover)

General Info

Year: 1939 / 1966 / 2008
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo and Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • 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 Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion, including:
*Bass Drum
*Crash Cymbals
*Field Drum
*Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This brilliant and challenging march is the perfect choice for your next performance. Features trombones in the opening two strains, a delightful woodwind variation in the trio, and a robust and powerful final chorus which will have toes tapping all throughout the audience. Lots of excitement from start to finish.

- Program Note from publisher

Some of Richards' best-known marches … were composed in 1909 and 1910 while he was busy playing in circus bands. Shield of Liberty was written thirty years later.

In addition to the outstanding countermelodies expected in most of Richards' marches, this one has a somewhat unusual key change – down a major third – in the trio.

- Program Note excerpted from March Music Notes


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Medina Community Band (Brunswick, Ohio) (Marcus Neiman, conductor) - 11 September 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Richards, J.; Glover, A. (2008). Shield of Liberty: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 349.