March of the Belgian Paratroopers (arr Brown)

From Wind Repertory Project
Pieter Leemans

Pieter Leemans (arr. Michael Brown)

This work is also known, in other arrangements, as March of the Belgian Parachutists and Marche des Parachutistes Belges.

General Info

Year: 1946 / 2016
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Alto Clarinet
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Trombone
  • F Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Cello

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Trombone
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Parade Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


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.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Lance Sample, conductor) – 24 June 2021
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) University Band (Tyler Austin, conductor) - 22 April 2021
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) Symphonic Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Campus Band (Madison Argo, conductor) - 11 November 2020
  • Central Winds: A Music Educators Wind Ensemble (Syracuse, N.Y.) (Andrew Perry, conductor) - 14 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)

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