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Colossus of Columbia

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander (arr. Glenn Bainum)

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General Info

Year: 1901 / 1969
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $4.00


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Program Notes

The rhythmic drive and excitement of this march, written in 1901, reflect the composer's circus band experience. He had arranged all of the music and composed several marches during the five-year tour of Europe with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. It was in that fifth year that he wrote Colossus of Columbia and dedicated it to "the Continental Congress of Washington." Having experienced a variety of other governments, the homesick young composer must have regarded the achievements of his own America (Columbia) as "colossal."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Russell Alexander (1877-1915) began his career as a euphonium player, and was a successful composer and arranger for the circus and vaudeville. He got his first big break in 1897 when he joined Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth. The Colossus of Columbia march reflects Alexander’s circus band experience, and was composed during his five-year European tour with Barnum & Bailey. Dedicated to “the Continental Congress in Washington,” it is widely believed that the march was written by the lonely composer longing for his homeland. This concert band performance edition was prepared by Glenn Cliffe Bainum, former Director of Bands at Northwestern University.

- Program Note from Texas A&M Wind Symphony concert program, 18 November 2018

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Alexander,R.; Bainum, C. (1969). Colossus of Columbia: Concert March [score]. Barnhouse Music: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 6.