Ginger Marmalade

From Wind Repertory Project
Warren Benson

Warren Benson

General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally written as part of the Commissioned Works for School Bands sponsored by Carl Fischer on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the firm, Ginger Marmalade has become one of the best known of serious twentieth-century works for school band. A humorous program number that plays with the listener's expectations, it is technically simple, but uses unusual sound resources (clapping hands, rapping heels, novel percussion sounds) to produce a work that delights the ear and challenges the mind.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Massachusetts: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.) Wind Ensemble (Jason Ladd, conductor) - 3 November 2022
  • Crofton (Md.) High School Concert Band (Erick Von Sas, conductor) - 15 December 2021
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 6 December 2018
  • Eldred (N.Y.) Central Senior High School Concert Band (Brian D. Nivison, conductor) - 7 June 2018
  • Illinois State University Symphonic Band (Shannon Shaffer, conductor) - 2 March 2016
  • Rockville High School Band - 28 April 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Benson, W. (1978). Ginger Marmalade [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 326-331.