Alexander's Ragtime Band (arr Yoder)

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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (arr. Paul Yoder)

General Info

Year: 1911 / 1940
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: ABC Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, [1].


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Berlin wrote this tune as a vehicle for his own appearance in the 1911 Friar's Club Frolics. He did not appear in the revue, however, and it was only after Emma Carus began using the song in her vaudeville act in Chicago that it climbed to the top. Within a few months, the song sold a million copies of sheet music and several hundred Thousand piano rolls. Although the title helped to popularize ragtime, this is not a ragtime tune. The "Alexander" in the title was reportedly Jack Alexander, a cornet-playing band leader who died in 1958.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Alexander's Ragtime Band is a Tin Pan Alley song by American composer Irving Berlin released in 1911. Although not a traditional ragtime song, Berlin's jaunty melody nonetheless "sold a million copies of sheet music in 1911, then another million in 1912, and continued to sell for years afterward.

The song might be regarded as a narrative sequel to Alexander and His Clarinet, which Berlin wrote with Ted Snyder in 1910. The earlier song is mostly concerned with a reconciliation between an African-American musician named Alexander Adams and his flame Eliza Johnson, but also highlights Alexander's innovative musical style. The former character had been purportedly inspired by Jack Alexander, a cornet-playing African-American bandleader who was friends with Berlin.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • Alexander's Ragtime Band, Wikipedia Accessed 15 August 2020
  • Berlin, I.; Yoder, P. (1940). Alexander's Ragtime Band [score]. ABC Music: New York
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 59.