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Whip and Spur Galop

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Thomas S. Allen

Thomas S Allen (arr. Ray E Cramer)

General Info

Year: 1902 / 1990
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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 I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Slap stick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Trumpet I-II, m.2: Written D should be B.

Program Notes

Thomas S. Allen’s music reflects his life as professional musician and manager in the world of entertainment. He was a violinist and made his debut with a professional dance orchestra in Massachusetts at the age of twenty. He later played in an opera house orchestra in Boston. Allen was the business manager for Edwin G. Bates Musicians for a time, managed several musical acts and was even the musical director for a burlesque show, but eventually he returned to orchestra playing. Allen wrote a great amount of music for a variety of dances, acrobatic acts, and short dramatic sketches, but unfortunately almost all of his works are forgotten. Only a few rags and galops are still heard in rodeos, circuses, and concerts.

Whip and Spur was written to be played during an old time rodeo. The performance tempo and style of this piece made it a favorite for the most exciting circus acts and rodeo rides.

- Program Note by Amador Valley High School Wind Ensemble I concert program, 19 December 2013

Thomas S. Allen was an excellent violinist, an impresario, and a composer of music, which reflected his life as a professional musician in the world of entertainment. In addition to writing a number of instrumental pieces, including marches and waltzes, he was the first to produce the popular vocal tunes known as “Street Hawker Songs.” Allen wrote a considerable amount of music for a variety of dances, acrobatic feats, and short dramatic sketches.

Although it is labeled as a march, Whip and Spur is more appropriately called a galop, a fast type of music used to accompany circus acts. When such composers as Offenbach and Liszt were writing galops in France during the middle of the 18th century, the tempos were not much faster than the Bohemian polkas. But by the time Allen was composing, the galop was no longer a dance. It was used for circus and vaudeville acts, and the tempo continued to increase. Now, at almost double the standard march tempos, the galop is played for the most exciting circus acts and for the fastest rodeo rides.

- Program Note adapted from by Appalachian State University


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Concert Band (Barry Kraus, conductor) - 17 February 2023
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phillip Day, conductor) - 6 December 2022
  • Chadron (Neb.) State College Wind Symphony (John Wojcik, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) University Band (Andrew Nicholson, conductor) - 22 November 2020
  • Wando High School (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) Band (Scott Weiss, conductor) - 19 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • Washington State University (Pullman) Symphonic Band (Troy Bennefield, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Sanderson High School (Raleigh, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Creighton Flowers, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) - 19 February 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (David Hedgecoth, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Summer Concert Band (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 14 June 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 20 November 2016
  • Appalachian Wind Ensemble (Boone, NC) (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 4 October 2015
  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) - 19 July 2015
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 21 December 2014
  • U.S. Army Field Band (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) - 13 June 2014 (at Gettysburg, PA)
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Senior Honor Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 12 February 2014
  • Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble I (Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor) - 19 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)
  • Poquoson High School (Va.) Symphonic Band (David McKee, conductor) 22 November 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cramer, R.; Allen, T. (1990). Whip and Spur: Galop [score]. TRN Music Pub.: United States.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 9-10.