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Alamo March (arr Miller)

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (scored by David P Miller)


General Info

Year: 1916 / 2016
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Silver Clef Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $25.00


Instrumentation:

Full Score
Condensed Score
Compressed Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Sop. Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone 1-2
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium TC
Euphonium BC
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Percussion Part (battery on one part)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This march was originally published in 1916, one hundred years before this arrangement was created. The original march was on march-size paper and had only a D-flat piccolo part, no flute parts, a single alto sax part, Eb horn parts, and only a bass clef baritone horn part. This march has now been completely rescored for today's modern concert band, including parts for all standard band instruments. Additionally, the dynamics, articulations, and phrase markings have been homogenized throughout the score and the parts, and rehearsal measure numbers have been added. Finally, the march is formatted to print on two pages of 8 1/2 x 11" paper, so it is much easier to read, especially for older musicians or those with vision challenges.

In the dogfight strain, Huff (Fillmore) wrote the same phrase three times in a row, then did it again in the second half of the dogfight strain. This grated on my sense of propriety and I was tempted to change the middle phrase a bit, just to give it some variety. after much deliberation, I decided to leave it the way he wrote it, so as to be as true as possible to the original writing.

- Program Note by arranger


One hundred eighty years ago, in 1836, the Republic of Texas was waging war against Mexico for their independence. The pivotal battle of this war was the 13-day siege of the Alamo, a former Spanish religious outpost and makeshift fort on the San Antonio River in south central Texas. It was astounding that the 200-odd mostly-civilian Texans inside the Alamo held out so long against an estimated 6,000 troops of the Mexican army, before finally being overrun on March 6. One hundred years [adjust as needed] ago, famous composer and bandleader Henry Fillmore wrote a tribute march to this event, using the pen name Will Huff.

Arranger David Miller found a 1916 printing of this march and wanted to program it in recognition of this historic date, but the instrumentation of bands 100 years ago doesn’t fit with what we put on the stage today, so he arranged this march for the modern concert band.

- Program Note from Silver Clef Music Program Notes Index


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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