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Honey Boys on Parade (1914)

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Edward Victor Cupero

General Info

Year: 1914
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fillmore Music House
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Cornet Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II-IIII
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion undifferentiated in score)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This "screamer" 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

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony (Jermie S. Arnold, conductor) – 5 October 2017
  • Andrew Glover Circus Band (St. Louis, Mo.) (Andrew Glover, conductor) – 16 June 2017 (2017 Circus Fans of America Convention)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cupero, E. (1914). Honey Boys on Parade [score]. Fillmore Bros. Co.: [Cincinnati, Ohio].
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes GIA Publications: Chicago, Ill.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 150.