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America the Beautiful

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Samuel Augustus Ward

Samuel Augustus Ward (arr. Carmen Dragon)

General Info

Year: 1882 / 1963
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Belwin/Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00  |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Eb Contralto Clarinet (optional)
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon (optional)
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Bass Saxophone (optional)
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


Baritone Bass Clef, m. 10, beat 4: quarter note should read eighth note

Program Notes

The rich musical legacy that Carmen Dragon left the world usually includes his solid reputation as a consummate orchestrator. He is best remembered for the iconic arrangement of America, the Beautiful for both symphony orchestra and symphonic band. Samuel Ward's familiar tune enjoys a sumptuous feast of harmonic color and instrumental nuance.

- Program note by publisher

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Victor Drescher, conductor) - 20 October 2020
  • Northshore Concert Band (Chicago, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 18 October 2020
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) - 13 September 2020
  • Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Piedmont, S.C.) (Logan Campbell, conductor) - 29 February 2020
  • Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Jeff Gershman, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel E. Pagán, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Nicholas Farrauto, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of South Dakota (Vermillion) Symphonic Band (John LaCognata, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) – 12 November 2019 (High Point, N.C.)
  • Converse College (Spartanburg, S.C.) Wind Ensemble (Susana Lalama, conductor) - 11 November 2019
  • Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, Ohio) (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Logan Campbell, conductor) - 21 September 2019
  • Empire Wind Ensemble (Highland, Calif.) (Jessica Swanson, conductor) – 12 June 2019
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) – 30 May 2019
  • Highty-Tighties Concert Band (Blacksburg, Va.) (James Bean, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 24 March 2019
  • Triton College (River Grove, Ill.) Community Band (Dana Legg, conductor) – 4 March 2019

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