His Honor March (ed Fennell)

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Frederick Fennell)

General Info

Year: 1934 / 1978
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Some of Fillmore's marches, overtures and novelty pieces were composed especially for his own band of professional musicians, organized in 1927 in Cincinnati. His Honor, composed in 1933 and published the following year, was one such favorite of both his band members and audiences alike. The title refers to Mayor Russell Wilson, a man who impressed the composer with his sense of humor as well as his executive ability. With its unexpected melodic and rhythmic changes and its various performance possibilities, His Honor is still one of Fillmore's most popular marches.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Written in 1933, it is a brisk circus march with challenges for every instrument. Here is an excerpt of the program notes prepared by legendary conductor (and eventual founder of a wind ensemble at the University of Miami) Frederick Fennell for his edition of His Honor from 1978:

Henry Fillmore probably never played His Honor (or anything else) exactly as he had approved it for publication; this would have been too confining for his imaginative and expansive musical personality. [...] In the tradition of its composer, infinite varieties of format are open to the imaginative conductor. Many variations in scoring and nuance almost seem to be invited by the music itself.

- Program Note from Summit High School Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2017


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


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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)

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