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Footlifter March, The (ed Blatti)

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Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Blatti)

General Info

Year: 1935
Duration:c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rick Blatti (contact information in Discussion tab, above)
Cost: Score and Parts – $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Footlifter March was composed for a series of radio broadcasts sponsored by a small Cincinnati insurance agency in 1928. The company's slogan was "A penny a day" (for insurance), and the march was referred to as the "Penny-a-Day March" for the short duration of the sponsorship -- short because of the widespread depression. However, the president of the agency remarked that the piece certainly was a "footlifter," and Fillmore used the title while the work was in manuscript. During a discussion with his good friend Phil Gates at a massed band concert in Piqua, Ohio, in 1930, Fillmore remarked that the most energetic "footlifters" were the best marchers. Gates then suggested the same term for a future march title -- not realizing the coincidence -- and the name became permanent. It was published in 1935.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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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


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 204.