From Tropic to Tropic March

From Wind Repertory Project
Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander (arr. Glenn Bainum)

General Info

Year: 1898 / 1926
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above..


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of Alexander's most enduring marches, this was dedicated to Hale A. Vandercook (1864-1949), who was the bandmaster for LaPearl's shows from 1891-1897. Vandercook was a famous circus bandmaster and musician, as well as a prolific composer, and he founded the Vandercook College of Music on Chicago, which thrives to this day. Like the tropical reference in the title, the temperature rises when the march is played at a circus tempo.

- Program Note from Program Notes for band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Colin MacKenzie, conductor) - 3 October 2021
  • Windjammers Unlimited Russell Alexander Band (Liberty, N.Y.) (Andrew Glover, conductor) – 20 July 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Alexander, R. (1926). From Tropic to Tropic: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Meredith Music Publications, 2004, pp. 4.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 6.