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Fanfare for the Common Man

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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

General Info

Year: 1942 / 1944
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestral brass and percussion
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $29.50


Full Score
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet in B-flat I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, (2 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the concert stage to the gridiron halftime show, the Montreal Olympics and television commercials, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man has challenged performers and excited listeners. The score was written in 1943 "for the common man, who, after all, was doing all the dirty work in the war and in the army. He deserved a fanfare." Copland later used it as an integral part of his Third Symphony.

- Program note for Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Bryan P. Sherlock, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 6 February 2020
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) – 12 November 2019 (High Point, N.C.)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (Sharon Lavery, conductor) - 1 November 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 2 May 2019
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 15 March 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 3 March 2018
  • Arkansas (Farmington) Winds Community Concert Band (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble (Clarkston, Mich.) (Cliff Chapman, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor) – 6 October 2018
  • Marion (Mass.) Concert Band (Tobias Monte, conductor) - 24 August 2018
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Band and Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Wind Ensemble (Emily Mariko Eng, conductor) - 12 April 2018
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Dane Heuchemer, conductor) - 8 April 2018
  • Muskingum University (New Concord, Ohio) Wind Ensemble – 25 February 2018
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Michael Butler, conductor) – 22 February 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) – 13 February 2018

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