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Honey Boys on Parade

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Edward Victor Cupero (arr. John R Bourgeois)

General Info

Year: 1914 / 1998
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


There are numerous missing agogic accents in the score and parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.42: First note in measure 42
  • Bassoon, m.42: First note in measure 42
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.1: First note of the piece
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m.27: Last note in measure 27
  • Horn in F I-II, m.19: Last note in measure 19 (missing in score only, present in part)
  • Horn in F I-II, m.24: Both notes in measure 24 (missing in score and part)
  • Horn in F III-IV, m.19: First note in measure 19
  • Trombone III, m.27: Last note in measure 27
  • Tuba, m.23: Last note of measure 23
  • Tuba, m.26: Last note in measure 26
  • Tuba, m.27: Both notes in measure 27

Program Notes

This minstrel march, with its optional challenging piccolo-clarinet-cornet feature, was dedicated to George "Honey Boy" Evans and published by Fillmore Brothers Co. of Cincinnati in 1914, one year before the death of the famous minstrel. Evans was born in the little town of Pontytlin, Wales, in 1870. After migrating to the United States, he sang with the Columbia Quartet in Canton, Ohio, in 1891; traveled with medicines for a few months; and then appeared with Haverly's Minstrels in Chicago in the following year. He later joined the blackface troupes of W.S. Cleveland and Primrose and West before returning to Haverly's Minstrels. Evans subsequently performed in several whiteface minstrel comedies, such as The Good Old Summertime and The Runaway. In 1908 he starred in the minstrel revival produced by Cohan and Harris at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Two years later he owned the show.

Evans was always billed as "Honey Boy" because of the popularity of his song I'll Be True to My Honey Boy. Other songs include In the Good Old Summertime, Standing on the Corner, and Down Where the Watermelon Grows.

E.V. Cupero conducted the Honey Boy Minstrels Band and Orchestra from about 1910 until Evans's death in 1915. The march was meant to feature the dazzling technique of the circus bands of that era.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 15 November 2021
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Denton (Tex.) High School Wind Ensemble (Brian Wilson, conductor) – 12 February 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 9 November 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Daniel J. Farris, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony (Jermie S. Arnold, conductor) – 5 October 2017
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 21 November 2016
  • Flower Mound (Texas) High School Wind Symphony (Brent Biskup, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
  • California State University, Northridge, Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 24 November 2015
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 19 January 2015
  • Rutgers University Symphony Band (Jordan E. Kinsey, conductor) October 23, 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cupero, E.; Bourgeois, J. (1998). Honey Boys on Parade: For Concert Band [score]. Wingert-Jones Publications: Kansas City, Mo.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "E.V. Cupero." Accessed 13 November 2015
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 150.
  • Smith, N. (1986). March Music Notes GIA Publications: Chicago, Ill.