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American Faces

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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

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General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Contra-Bassoon (optional)
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Mallet Percussion
Percussion I-II-III

(Percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Displaying America's exuberance, pioneering spirit and underlying faith, this driving overture uses many diverse themes, both original and borrowed. The work is not a patriotic medley, but rather a tribute to the various qualities that make up the "faces" of America. The piece is full of Holsinger's metrical wizardry and dynamic surprises.

- Program note by publisher

This composition is programmed to show how another composer has dealt with the musical theme of “Simple Gifts”. Although this melody of the Quaker dance song does not appear until near the center of the piece, it becomes a distinct and powerful countermelody to the initial melodic motives. In fact, as the composition comes to a close, the composer turns the musical tables and allows the “Simple Gifts” theme to become the major subject, both in music and thought.

American Faces was commissioned by Scott McCormick and Bands of America for the 1995 Bands of America National Honor Band. Holsinger has attempted in American Faces to musically allude to the multifarious qualities and standards that make up the "faces" of America. It is not a patriotic montage, but rather an overture of diverse themes, original and borrowed, each conveying the composer's impression of the American exuberance, pioneering spirit, and underlying faith.

- Program Note by David Holsinger for Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 April 2017

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Minnesota: I
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Holsinger, David (1995). American Faces [score]. TRN Music : Ruidoso, N.M.