Sinfonians, The

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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams

Subtitle: Symphonic March

General Info

Year: 1960
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.B. Marks, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Tenor Drum

Vocal choir (optional)


  • Flute II-III, m.1, 2, 5, 6, 9-12, beat 3-4: Add a trill above the notes (to match Flute I and Piccolo)
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet, I, 4 meas. after reh. 1, beat 4: Rhythm should read: two 16th notes, 8th note, 8th note (same pitches, to match the figure 4 meas. later)

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. It was the first in a series of instrumental pieces to be commissioned by the Sinfonians and was dedicated to Archie N. Jones, former president of the fraternity and later director of that organization's foundation. Williams conducted the first performance of The Sinfonians at the fraternity's national convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in July 1960.

The march opens with an extended fanfare introduction before the horns state the familiar Sinfonian theme: "Hail Sinfonia! Come, brothers, hail!" The melody is then completed, embellished, and extended in the style of the composer. In a 1982 international survey, The Sinfonians received more votes than any of Williams' other works.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

The "Hail Sinfonia!" melody is from The Pirates of Penzance by Sir Arthur Sullivan.


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jerianne Larson, conductor) - 25 September 2023
  • First Coast Wind Symphony (Jacksonville, Fla.) (Artie Clifton, conductor) – 19 May 2023 (ACB 2023 Annual Convention (Orlando, Fla.))
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) - 23 February 2023
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Shiree X. Williams, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Lissa Fleming May, conductor) - 23 May 2021
  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • University of Mississippi (Oxford) Wind Ensemble (David Willson, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Cheldon Williams, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric Bush, conductor; Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, vocalists) – 9 December 2019
  • Fort Hays State University (Big Creek, Kans.) Wind Ensemble (Jeff Jordan, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Christopher Tkacik,, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.) Wind Symphony (Mark Camphouse, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • University of Evansville (Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor) - 16 April 2019
  • Kings County (N.Y.) Community Band (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 15 December 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 6 December 2018
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Bill Haehnel, conductor) - 2 April 2018
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) Wind Ensemble (Carl T. Rowles, conductor) - 8 February 2018
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 8 April 2018
  • Callanwode Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Robert Meehan, conductor) - 25 March 2018
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 15 March 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 647.
  • Williams, C. (1960). The Sinfonians: (Symphonic March) [score]. Edward B. Marks: [U.S.A.]