Alarums for Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Martin Mailman

Martin Mailman

This work bears the designation Opus 27.

General Info

Year: 1962
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00 | Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mailman wrote Alarums for Band, Op. 27 in 1962 in Greenville, North Carolina. The title was suggested by fellow composer and close friend John Barnes Chance. The word "alarum" means a "call to arms", as with Shakespeare in his King Henry VI, Part 2, Act V, scene 2:

"And if thou dost not hide thee from the bear,
Now, when the angry trumpet sounds alarum

And dead men's cries do fill the empty air...."

The work was dedicated to and written "For Herbert Carter and the East Carolina College Band." Having met when Mailman was composer-in-residence at East Carolina University, Herbert Carter (the longtime director of bands at East Carolina University) and Mailman remained very close friends for the rest of their lives.

- Program Note by Matthew Mailman, son of the composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Trinity University (San Antonio, Tx.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (James Worman, conductor) - 22 October 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Mailman, M. (1969). Alarums: op 27 [score]. Mills Music: New York.
  • Perusal score