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Midnight Fire Alarm

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Harry J. Lincoln

Harry J Lincoln (arr. Krance(

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General Info

Year: 1900 / 1960
Duration: 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mills Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00


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Players yelling


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Program Notes

Bucket brigades, hand pumps, steam and gasoline pumpers, aerial and water-tower trucks, high-pressure trucks, and several other types of equipment have been used in fighting fires during the last few centuries. During the 20th century many of the large city fire departments had their own bands, sometimes conducted by directors who were also composers. George Briegel of New York, Fortunato Sordillo of Boston, and Carl Dillon of St. Paul all wrote marches for their fire department bands.

Krance’s arrangement of The Midnight Fire Alarm by Harry Lincoln is a good-natured thrust at the novelties of the early concert bands. Using all the resources of the band, especially the percussion section, the piece moves at a furious pace, much in the manner of the silent-movie fight scene music.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

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  • Northwest Wind Symphony (Centralia, Wash.) (Dan Schmidt, conductor) - 15 October 2022
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Dennis Llinás, conductor) – 9 April 2019
  • Allegheny College Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michelle Rakers, conductor) - 27 June 2014
  • University City (St. Louis, Mo.) Summer Band (Tom Poshak, conductor) - 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 380.