Band in the Square, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Pierre La Plante

Pierre La Plante

Subtitle: On the 4th of July

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum I-II
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Band in the Square on the Fourth of July is based on a late nineteenth-century patriotic song titled There Are Many Flags in Many Lands, which seems to have first appeared in The Child's Song Book for Schools and Home Circles by Mary H. Howliston, published in 1888. The song and lyrics have been sung and recited for many generations on Flag Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day:

There are many flags in many lands,
There are flags of every hue;
But there is no flag however grand,
Like our own Red, White and blue.

This instrumental setting is a "patrol" and is intended to be a slice of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Americana.

A small-town Fourth of July parade with bunting, banners, flags and the school or town band approaching from a distance, becoming louder and louder until, at the loudest point, the band is directly in front of you. (You are standing on the curb on the same side as the bass drum and cymbals which, for a few seconds, overwhelm and drown out everything else around you.) Then the band passes by with the clarinets and flutes trailing behind, and all eventually fading away.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: I
  • Texas: I. Complete


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