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March of the Belgian Parachutists

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Pieter Leemans

Pieter Leemans (arr. James Swearingen)

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This work is also known as "March of the Belgian Paratroopers" and "Marche des Parachutistes Belges."

General Info

Year: 1945 / 2007
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba/String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

While he was serving his year of military duty at the end of World War I, Leemans's regimental commander asked him to compose a march; it was begun but never finished. Near the end of World War II he was having dinner with a group of paratroopers and was again asked to compose a march. As the group commander, Maj. Timmerman, drove him home that night, the march theme came to mind, and he wrote out all of the parts after reaching home.

The trio of the march originated from a march written for an N.I.R. radio contest. After only winning the consolation prize, the march was abandoned and is known with the competition designation V. A quiet, unaggressive essay in the easy-paced European style, it is set in the form of a “patrol”; the music marches on from the distance, plays, and passes.

Friends told him later that they had heard the march at a circus in France, a wedding in India, and a military music pageant in the United States. The arrangement most often heard in the United States was made by Charles Wiley at the request of his Lamar University (Texas) Band students in 1975.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


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  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Chybowski, conductor) - 22 April 2021
  • Antelope Crossing Middle School (Antelope, Calif.) Band (Joan Slabaugh, conductor) – 11 March 2020
  • Orange High School (Pepper Pike, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Brandon DuVall, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band (Cordova, Calif.) (Tom Seaton, conductor) – 9 June 2019 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
  • Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Chee Weng Yim, conductor) - 11 October 2018
  • Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School (Union City, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Nelson Agregado, conductor) - 17 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (James Swearingen, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • Around the Sound Community Band (Seattle, Wash.) (Michael Alstad, conductor) – 1 May 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Leemans, P.; Swearingen, J. (2007). March of the Belgian Paratroopers = Marche des parachutistes belges [score]. Editions musicales J. Buyst: [s.l.].
  • Pierre Leemans, Wikipedia
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 373.