Let Freedom Ring

From Wind Repertory Project
Lt. Col. Ryan Nowlin

Ryan Nowlin

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Rainstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Before The Star-Spangled Banner officially became the national anthem in 1931, there were many popular hymns that served as de facto anthems for the United States, including My Country ‘tis of Thee. The lyrics of this patriotic American song were written by Samuel F. Smith and set to the melody of God Save the Queen, the anthem of the United Kingdom. Let Freedom Ring, an arrangement of My Country ‘tis of Thee, was penned as part of an audition for U.S. Marine Band staff arranger by SSgt. Ryan Nowlin and was performed by the Marine Band on January 21, 2013, at the second inaugural of President Barack Obama.

Drawing his inspiration for this piece directly from Smith’s patriotic words, Nowlin says his “simplistic treatment of the theme is to portray a deep reverence.” Shining through the texture on numerous occasions, great emphasis is placed on the lyrics, “land where my fathers died,” a strong reminder that America would not be what it is were it not for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.

- Program Note by the United States Marine Band

I was inspired by the lyrics "Land where my fathers died." I had three grandfathers who served in the Second World War. They were lucky enough to return -- I've never taken that for granted, and could not be more proud of their service. I chose that lyric specifically to serve as the brass arrival in the introduction. However, even before the brass motive enters, the first eight notes of the woodwind fabric outlines the motive "My country, 'tis of thee (my country, 'tis of thee), Sweet land of liberty (sweet land of liberty)." The solos in the transitional material are then reversed ("Land where my fathers died" in the oboe, followed by "My country, 'tis of thee" in the clarinet) before the flute begins the state of the melody intact. At this point, it is chamber music, deeply personal and reverent.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Daniel Hubert, conductor) - 1 March 2024
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) II (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) - 20 December 2023 (2023 Midwest Clinic)
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) - 11 November 2023
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Bruce R. Pulver, conductor) - 11 March 2023
  • Northshore Concert Band (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 16 November 2022
  • Northshore Concert Band (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 6 November 2022
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mansfield, Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John Packard, conductor) – 22 March 2022
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2021 (Presidential inauguration)
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 10 November 2020
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Honors Wind Symphony (Christopher D. Hoch, conductor) – 19 January 2020
  • University of Idaho (Moscow) Concert Band (Jason Johnston, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tx.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 5 November 2019
  • Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, Ohio) (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Band (Gregory Fritz, conductor) – 13 June 2019 (Hampton, Va.)
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 12 April 2019
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (East Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Andrew J. Esch, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2017 (Presidential inauguration)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Nowlin, R. [2014]. Let Freedom Ring [score]. Neil A. Kjos: San Diego, Calif.
  • Popejoy, James. "Let Freedom Ring." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 555-562. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.