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St Louis Blues March (arr Gray)

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W.C. Handy

W C Handy (arr. Gray; adapt. Burgett)

General Info

Year: 1913 / 1948
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Handy Bros.
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


In Score:

  • 2 m. after C, beat 3&: F sharp (top note in chord) should read F natural
  • 3 m. after C, beat 4& (bass note): G should read A natural
  • 2 m. before E, beat 4: quarter note chord (C, F#, A, D) should read eighth note

In Parts:

  • C Flute and Piccolo. 3 & 4 m. before reh. E: These measures differ from the D-flat Piccolo part.
  • C Flute and Piccolo. 2 m. after reh. E, beat 3: 2nd note of triplet F should read E.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I, 4–3 m. before reh. E: Move the barline closer to the E-flat in 3 before E for ease in reading.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I, 8 m. after reh. E, beat 1: G-sharp should read A natural.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, 6 m. after reh. B, beat 3: Eighth note (G natural) should read quarter note.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, 6 m. after reh. B, beat 4: Sixteenth note (E natural) should read dotted eighth (F sharp)—sixteenth (E sharp). [same as 2 m. after reh. B, beat 3 & 4]
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet IV, 6 & 7 m. after reh. G: G should read A.

Program Notes

Saint Louis Blues is a popular American song composed by W. C. Handy in the blues style and published in September 1914. It was one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song and remains a fundamental part of jazz musicians' repertoire.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

During and after World War II, the Glenn Miller-style orchestras and military bands took the Saint Louis Blues March to Europe and almost revolutionized military band music.

- Program Note from March Music Notes


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  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) - 7 December 2022
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Kurt Wackerly, conductor) – 4 July 2018
  • Virginia (Alexandria) Grand Military Band (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 16 September 2017
  • New Horizons Band of Sonoma County (Healdsburg, Calif.) (Lew Sbrana, conductor) - 9 May 2015
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 29 March 2015
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Clifton H. Dawley, conductor) - 17 January 2015
  • University City (Mo.) Summer Band (Bette Welch, conductor - 2013
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 3 March 2013

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