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Men of Ohio

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Robert E Foster)


General Info

Year: 1921/2009
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Eb Clarinet (optional)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Fillmore dedicated this march "To the President, Warren G. Harding, and his staunch Loyalists" in 1921, the year Harding became the 29th president of the United States. Harding had played alto horn in his hometown band of Caledonia and later, in Marion, Ohio, where his family moved. He also enjoyed boxing, motoring, fishing, baseball, card playing and golfing. His high school popularity continued into adulthood, and he was elected to the state senate in 1898 and to the U.S. Congress as a senator in 1914. In 1920 the "small-town hero" took advantage of the American mood against the restrictions of the war years and ran a successful campaign for the nation's highest office. His popularity in that office was tarnished after two of his political appointees were convicted of graft and sent to prison. In an effort to regain the confidence of the populace in himself and his Republican Party members, Harding undertook a rigorous speaking schedule which left him completely exhausted. A stroke followed, and he died in August 1923.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


One of Henry Fillmore's most popular and most beloved marches, Men of Ohio was composed in 1921 and was dedicated to President Harding.

Fillmore was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Warren G. Harding had been a senator from Ohio when he was elected president of the United States. The leader of a Shrine band, Fillmore had written a march for them which was very successful, and which he consider his "most perfect march." He was so pleased he wanted a special dedication, and he thought that a dedication to the president of the United States would be perfect. He wrote President Harding asking his permission to dedicate the march to him. It turned out that Harding knew about Fillmore and his music, and he granted him the permission. The dedication read "To the President, Warren G, Harding, and his staunch loyalists."

Men of Ohio was certainly Fillmore's most successful march up until that time, and through the years it has proven to be a great parade march, and a successful concert march as well.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

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Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Fillmore, H.; Foster R. (2009). Men of Ohio: March [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 205.