March of the Belgian Parachutists (arr Wiley)
Pieter Leemans (arr. Wiley)
This work is also known as March of the Belgian Paratroopers and Marche des Parachutistes Belges.
C Piccolo I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Orchestra Chimes
- Parade Drum
- Snare Drum
Euphonium TC, 2nd bar of G, 3rd eighth note E natural should be D natural
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.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
Written by Pierre Leemans, Marche des Parachutistes Belges was arranged by Charles A. “Pete” Wiley for a performance by his Lamar University Band for the Texas Music Association Convention in 1957. Dr. Wiley talked personally to Pierre Leemans for exact markings and tempos. This arrangement adheres to the composer’s original intent for the piece.
Frederick Fennell was at the American premier of Dr. Wiley’s arrangement of the Belgian march and said, “I am going to record your arrangement of that march!” Twenty-five years later Fennell finally was able to come though on his promise, and recorded the work on his now famous album entitled Macho Marches. The march continues to be a favorite in the wind repertoire.
- Program Note from Appalachian State University Concert Band concert program, 25 April 2016
- Audio CD: Eastern Wind Symphony (William H. Silvester, conductor) - 2001
- Indiana: Senior High Band II
- Kansas: IV
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- University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Travis Higa, conductor) – 4 March 2020
- Penn State University (University Park) Campus Band (Margaret Pedlow Smith, conductor) – 9 December 2019
- Emporia State University (Overland Park, Ks.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Ziek, conductor) - 23 November 2019
- Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 25 April 2019
- Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (G. Mancho Gonzalez, conductor) – 18 November 2018
- Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 6 May 2018
- New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 11 March 2018
- University of Texas at San Antonio Harmonie Wind Ensemble (Michael Steiner, conductor) – 9 April 2017
- Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 26 March 2017
- Pomona (Calif.) Concert Band (Linda W. Taylor, conductor) – 18 August 2016
- Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 11 May 2016
- Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 5 June 2016
- Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Brian McFarland, conductor) – 29 April 2016
- Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony I (Darren Allen, conductor) – 25 April 2016
- Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (John Whitwell, conductor) – 25 April 2016
- Exeter (Calif.) Union High School Symphonic Band (Kirk Clague, conductor) - 13 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
- Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) - 10 December 2015
- Madison Wind Ensemble (Brian Vanderbloemen, conductor) - 22 November 2015
- Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) - 3 May 2015
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Atomium March (1957)
- March of Old Brussels (1936)
- March of the Belgian Commandos
- March of the Belgian Parachutists (arr. Bourgeois) (1945/2000)
- March of the Belgian Paratroopers (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (1945/2016)
- March of the Belgian Parachutists (arr. Wiley) (1945/1975))
- March of the Belgian Parachutists (arr. Swearingen) (1945/2007)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Pieter Leemans." Accessed 17 February 2015
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 373.
- Pierre Leemans, Wikipedia.