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Music Man, The: Highlights

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Meredith Willson

Meredith Willson (arr. Alfred Reed)

General Info

Year: 1957 / 1959
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

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Condensed Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet I-II-III
Horn in E-flat I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Whistle (drum major's)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the musical play The Music Man (1957), as written by Meredith Willson, "Professor" Harold Hill uses the song to help the townspeople of River City, Iowa, visualize their children playing in a marching band by recalling a time when he saw several famous bandleaders' bands in a combined performance. While an average-sized high school marching band might have about 10 musicians playing the trombone, and a large college marching band seldom has more than 30 trombonists, the band that Harold Hill describes to the villagers includes 76 trombones, 110 cornets, "more than a thousand reeds", double bell euphoniums, and "fifty mounted cannon" (which were popular in bands of the late 19th century).

In Willson's hometown of Mason City, Iowa, 76 Trombones is honored (along with the whole plot of The Music Man) in a building called "Music Man Square," which is located next to Willson's boyhood home. In one large room, there are 76 donated trombones hanging from the ceiling.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This medley by Alfred Reed includes the tubes Seventy-Six Trombones, Till There Was You, and The Wells Fargo Wagon.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg, Ky.) Summer Winds (Amy Acklin, conductor) - 21 June 2022
  • Roseville (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Stephanie Sugano, conductor) - 6 June 2022
  • Sturgis (Mich.) Wind Symphony (R. Scott Davidson, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Summer Band (Eric Smedley, conductor) – 17 July 2019
  • Greenwich (Conn.) High School Band (John Yoon, conductor) - 30 May 2018
  • Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band (Harvey Bernstein, conductor) – 4 July 2016
  • Heart of Texas Concert Band (San Antonio) (Mark Rogers, conductor) - 2013

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