Klaxon, The (ed Fennell)

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Frederick Fennell)

General Info

Year: 1930 / 1984
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score Solo Trumpet
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
String Bass
Kettle Drums
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.110: Missing quarter rest. Should be quarter note, quarter rest, half note

Program Notes

The Klaxon was premiered at the Cincinnati Automobile Show in reference to the name for a loud horn added as an accessory to 1920s automobiles. Fillmore introduced a new instrument called the “klaxophone,” a brace of 12 of the noisy devices, car-battery powered and table mounted, tuned to play along with the band, possibly in the trio and break strains. The horn section is featured in the work, with the subdued and simple tune in the trio and the final strain.

- Program note by Florida State University Wind Symphony concert program, 7 March 2013

Paul Bierley, who has written two interesting and scholarly books on John Philip Sousa and his music, culminated nearly a decade of research in 1982 with the publication of two valuable books on the life and music of Henry Fillmore. Among many sidelights, he learned that, contrary to oft-repeated stories, the pseudonym Gus Beans was not selected at random from a Cincinnati telephone book; the Crosley March has nothing to do with a compact car; and there was another Ohio composer whose real name happened to be the same as one of Fillmore's pseudonyms, Will Huff.

Stories of a connection between a car horn and The Klaxon March were more factual. Composed in 1929 and published the next year, the march (subtitled March of the Automobiles) was written for the Cincinnati Automobile Show which began at the Music Hall in January 1930. Fillmore also invented a new instrument for the occasion called a klaxophone. It consisted of 12 automobile horns, mounted on a table and powered by an automobile battery. Like Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture cannons, the klaxophone was a bit noisy.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings



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  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg, Ky.) Summer Winds (Susan Creasap, conductor) - 7 June 2022
  • Leander (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (T Andre Feagin, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (David A. Schwartz, conductor) - 14 May 2021
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Ryan McCue, conductor) – 11 February 2020
  • Amador County Concert Band (Pine Grove, Calif.) (Steve Chambers, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Grinnell (Iowa) College Symphonic Band (Joshua W. Neuenschwander, conductor) - 11 May 2019
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.) Concert Band (Nieves Villasenor, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) Symphonic Band (T. André Feagin, conductor)- 9 October 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (Timothy Rhea, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, MI) Concert Band (Patricia Brumbaugh, conductor) - 19 April 2016
  • Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Band (Jeffrey Leonard, conductor) – 31 January 2016
  • Los Angeles Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) - 15 March 2015
  • Sierra Nevada Winds (Yuba City, Calif.) (Robert Halseth, conductor) - 22 November 2014
  • Florida State University Wind Orchestra (Ricky Brooks, conductor)] - 7 March 2013 (79th Annual ABA Convention, Tampa)
  • Fillmore Wind Band - 6 May 2012
  • Solano Winds (Fairfield, Calif.) (Bill Doherty) - 4 June 2011
  • Scott County High School (Georgetown, Ky.) Symphonic Winds (Tom Brawner, conductor) – 10 December 2010 (2010 Midwest Clinic)

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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