Colossus of Columbia
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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
- Audio CD: Texas All-State 4A Symphonic Band (Thomas Frascello, conductor) - 2003
- Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
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- Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) – 18 November 2018
- Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 21 October 2018
- Foothill Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 12 March 2017
- University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Eric Hammer, conductor) - 18 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
- Banda dell'Esercito Italiano (Italian Army Band) (Fulvio Creux, conductor) 0 17 November 2005
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Belford's Carnival (1897/1926)
- Burr's Triumphal March
- Colossus of Columbia (arr. Bainum) (1901/1969)
- Colossus of Columbia (1926) (1901/1926)
- Crimson Flush March, The (1897/1926)
- From Tropic to Tropic March (1898)
- Exposition Four, The (1903)
- International Vaudeville (1897)
- Memphis the Majestic March
- Olympia Hippodrome March (1898)
- The Southerner (arr. Bainum) (1908/1968)
- Steeplechase, The (1900)
- Storming of El Caney March (arr. Glover) (1898/1903/2014)
- 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.