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Old Comrades

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Carl Teike

Carl Teike (arr. Richardson)

This work is also known by its German title, Alte Kameraden.

General Info

Year: c. 1889
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion area.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-II-III
Bb Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Old Comrades ("Alte Kameraden") was written around 1889 in Ulm, Germany by Carl Teike, a composer of military music. After presenting his superior with the musical score, Teike was allegedly told: "We have marches enough. Throw this one into the oven!"

The march was not burned but became one of most frequently played German military marches. It remains popular internationally and in Germany, where it was even played in the aftermath of World War II when such music was frowned upon.

"Alte Kameraden" (German for Old Comrades) was written by Carl Teike in 1899, and has since become one of the most popular marches in the world. It was written to honor the loyalty among those comrades-at-arms who have served together in the military in their younger days,a loyalty that remained strong for the rest of their lives, long past their military experiences.

- Program Note from publisher

After an initial rebuff by an insensitive military bandmaster in 1889, Teike’s Old Comrades March has steadily gained international popularity—it now ranks near the top of the world’s most popular marches. It has been performed by a single accordion, sung before World War II by a 200-voice soldiers’ choir), and whistled along with a band’s performance by 60,000 people at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. The title was chosen during a discussion between the composer’s regimental friends after he had decided to leave the army— in the Prussian military code “comrades” vowed to protect each other regardless of the danger. Teike sold the march to the Fritz Morilce Publishing Firm in Stettin for six dollars after he learned that bands throughout Germany were copying the parts from each other.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Kearsarge Community Band (New London, N.H.) (P. Aarne Vesilind, conductor) - 8 March 2015
  • State College Area (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned C. Deil, conductor) - 15 February 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer

Additional Resources

  • Teike, C.; Richardson, R. (1973). Old Comrades: Quick March [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: London.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Carl Teike." Accessed 13 March 2015.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 585