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Orion F. Farrar

Orion R Farrar

General Info

Year: 1895
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Horn
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


  • Baritone treble clef: First bar of the break strain, third note of first triple, the C-flat should be C natural.

Program Notes

Dedicated to the 7th Ward Military Band, Omaha, Nebraska.

- Program Note from score

In addition to its suitability for passes-in-review and street parades, Bombasto proved to be extremely popular as entry and exit music during the vaudeville and silent-film era. Like many of Farrar’s other marches, it was dedicated to a military unit, in this instance the Seventh Ward Military Band of Omaha, Nebraska. His Fort Omaha March constituted another salute to that important military and farming center in eastern Nebraska. Although acquaintances remember seeing the composer-conductor in a “military” uniform in Lima, Ohio, the late William Baker learned that Farrar never served in the U.S. armed forces, including the National Guard.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of South Dakota (Vermillion) Concert Band (Justin Pray, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • Maplewood (N.J.) Community Concert Band (Steve Kimmons, conductor) - 11 April 2015
  • Williamson County Community Band (Franklin, Tenn.) - 8 July 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 95. Print.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Orion R. Farrar." Accessed 10 April 2015.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 201
  • Farrar, O. (1895). Bombasto [score]. Carl Fischer: [s.l.]