Strategic Air Command

From Wind Repertory Project
Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams

Subtitle: Concert March for Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 4:14
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $14.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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 I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Strategic Air Command March was written as a tribute to the United States Strategic Air Command (headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska) at the request of Herman G. Vincent, commander of the SAC Bands. According to Vincent, Williams didn't need much persuading -- the two musicians had been friends at Louisiana State University , and Williams had served his World War II military time in a U.S. Air Force band. The march was premiered at the SAC Band's annual concert in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 14, 1963, and was conducted by the composer.

Near the end of the march the "sonic booms" remind the listeners of the Strategic Air Command's mission of eternal vigilance.

Two years later, after Vincent became conductor of the Air Academy Band in Colorado, Williams honored another of his requests with one of his most impressive concert works, Ramparts, The -- it was dedicated to the Wing of Cadets.

- Program Note from March Program Notes


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Seacoast Wind Ensemble (Exeter, N.H.) - 6 November 2021
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 13 October 2020
  • Liberty Classic Community Band Festival (Williamsport, Penn.) (Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) University Band (Warren Olfert, conductor) – 15 October 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Marc Sackman, conductor) - 5 May 2018
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenson, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Gary Westbrook, conductor) – 9 October 2017
  • Charleston (S.C.) Community Band (Todd Jenkins, conductor) - 14 October 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 455.
  • Williams, C. (1964). Strategic Air Command: Concert March for Symphonic Band [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tex.