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Crosley March, The

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Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Robert E Foster)

General Info

Year: 1928 / 2001
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
Cornets I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A spirited, vigorous march that shows off the best of Fillmore's incredible talent for writing marches! This march may not be one of his most famous, but it certainly should be. There's enough here to satisfy the cravings of any march aficionado.

-Program Note from publisher

During a career that stretched across half of the 20th century, Henry Fillmore probably wrote, arranged, and edited more band music than any other composer/bandmaster in history. A far more colorful personality than the reserved John Philip Sousa, Fillmore’s early career as a bandmaster in his native Cincinnati led to a personal friendship with Powel Crosley (for whom he wrote this march), owner of radio station WLW in Cincinnati. In addition to broadcasting, Crosley was also a noted inventor and industrialist, with products including radios, automobiles, and refrigerators bearing his name. He eventually purchased the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, and their home field was renamed in Crosley’s honor.

-Program Note by the Kagoshima Joho High School Wind Orchestra concert program, 19 December 2013

Powell Crosley was the owner of radio station WLW in Cincinnati, while Fillmore’s Band was presenting its radio concerts over that station in the late ‘20s. He was also a manufacturer of radios and a personal friend of the composer, and it was he for whom Fillmore wrote this march in 1928. Although the size of the band varied with the occasion, for the radio broadcasts Fillmore employed around 25 musicians and his dog, Mike, who remained silent or barked in rhythm as instructed. Two of his novelties which featured the “radio hound” were The Whistling Farm Boy and Playfellow. Mike performed with the band for nearly seven years, including the three seasons of WLW, WSAI, and NBC radio shows. He held an honorary card from the local musicians’ union, was paid $100 daily for his performances, and received fan mail from across the nation.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 19 February 2020
  • Milford (Ohio) High School Wind Ensemble (Tim Dailey, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel E. Pagán, conductor) – 28 October 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Texas A&M (College Station) Symphonic Band (Russell Tiptony, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • Emporia (Ks.) Municipal Band (James Davis, conductor) - 7 June 2018
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • Poland (Ohio) Seminary High School Wind Ensemble (Jeff Hvizdos, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • Western Illinois Showcase of Bands 2018 Honor Band (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 24 February 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Terrence Milligan, conductor) – 15 February 2018
  • Valley Wind Ensemble (Los Olivos, Calif.) (Sharon Jeskey, conductor) - 16 November 2014
  • The Eagles Band (Pittsfield, Mass.) (Carl Jenkins, conductor) - 8 November 2014
  • Kagoshima Joho High School (Kawanabe, Japan) Wind Orchestra (David C. McCormick, conductor) – 19 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)
  • McLennan Community College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Brian Harris, conductor) - 2013
  • Buchholz High School (Gainesville, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Alex Kaminsky, conductor) – 17 December 2009 (2009 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Courage (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1919/2003/2012)
  • His Honor March (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1934/2014)

All Wind Works


  • Fillmore, H.; Foster, R. (2001). The Crosley March [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 204.