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Knightsbridge March

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Eric Coates

Eric Coates (arr. John Cacavas)

General Info

Year: 1933 / 1970
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chappell
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

After Sir Thomas Beecham organized the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1933, Eric Coates “borrowed” the ensemble under his name to records two of his rhapsodies and his newly composed London Suite, including the third movement, the Knightsbridge March. With very little rehearsal time, a superb recording was made. After hearing the recording, Eric Maschwitz of the British Broadcasting Corporation began using it as the signature tune for the long-running Saturday night program In Town Tonight. The march became so popular that Coates’s name became known throughout Britain. The music refers to the elegant Knightsbridge section in London, where visitors may see the pomp and pageantry of the scarlet-coated Buckingham Palace Guardsmen.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • MetWinds (Lexington, Mass.) (Lewis J. Buckley, conductor) - 30 April 2017
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 10 March 2017
  • Virginina Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 26 September 2015
  • Kings Park Concert Band (Fairfax, Va.) (Rich Bergman, conductor) - 14 December 2014

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