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When the Saints Go Marching In

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Naohiro Iwai

Arranged by Naohiro Iwai

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Gospel song
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €116.00   |   Score Only (print) - €25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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 I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Electric Bass
Electric Guitar
Percussion, including:

  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A classic song that has become a firm favourite with many generations of ‘Trad Jazz’ performers, When the Saints is as popular as the jazz scene itself. Here you have a phenomenal arrangement in the ‘New Sounds for Concert Band’ series that gives musicians a chance to play ‘dixie-style’.

- Program Note from publisher

When the Saints Go Marching In, often referred to as The Saints, is a Black spiritual. Though it originated as a Christian hymn, it is often played by jazz bands. This song was famously recorded on May 13, 1938, by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra.

The origins of this song are unclear. It apparently evolved in the early 1900s from a number of similarly titled gospel songs, including When the Saints Are Marching In (1896) and When the Saints March In for Crowning (1908). The first known recorded version was in 1923 by the Paramount Jubilee Singers on Paramount 12073. No author is shown on the label.

The earliest versions were slow and stately, but as time passed the recordings became more rhythmic, including a distinctly up-tempo version by the Sanctified Singers on British Parlophone in 1931. The tune is particularly associated with the city of New Orleans. A jazz standard, it has been recorded by a great many jazz and pop artists.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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