British Eighth March (arr Hilliard)

From Wind Repertory Project
Zo Elliott

Zo Elliott (ed. Hilliard)

General Info

Year: 1943 / 2000
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A classic march in a carefully edited version by Quincy Hilliard, Zo Elliott's British Eighth was dedicated to the members of Britain's celebrated Eighth Army and accepted on their behalf by General Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, their celebrated World War II Commander. In typical British march style, it has great verve and a trio tune everybody leaves humming.

- Program Note from publisher

The British Eighth March was copyrighted in manuscript in 1943 and published in 1944. It was dedicated to Gen. Bernard Montgomery and the Eighth Army after a triumphant sweep across North Africa in 1942. Following the defeat of Rommel’s forces at El Alamein, Montgomery was promoted to field marshal, and he soon became the idol of the British public. In 1944 he commanded all Allied ground forces during the invasion of France, and in 1951 he became deputy commander of the Atlantic Pact nations. Since the war, Zo Elliott’s impressive march has retained its popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. In a 1980 random survey of 69 members of the Texas Bandmasters Association, for example, British Eighth March was ranked third in a list of nearly 80 favorites.

- Program Note from “Program Notes for Band"


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Quincy Hilliard, conductor) - 12 November 2023
  • Traverse City West (Mich.) Senior High Wind Ensemble (Doug Downer, conductor) - 20 January 2023
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) University Band #1 (Hope Spaw, conductor) - 1 March 2022
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro) (Pat Stuckemeyer, conductor) - 24 February 2022
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band A (Travis Higa, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun Popp, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Maroon Band (James Hudson, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 20 October 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Lisa Tatum, conductor) – 20 November 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 7 July 2015
  • San Jose Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 6 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • West Point (N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) – 21 January 2017
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
  • United States Army Field Band (Paul Bamonte, conductor) – 20 June 2015 (Wheeling, WV)
  • Woodside Village (Calif.) Band (Richard Gordon, conductor) - 8 June 2013
  • NAfME All National Concert Band – 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 192