NC-4 March

From Wind Repertory Project
F.E. Bigelow

F.E. Bigelow

General Info

Year: 1919
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jacobs
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Oboe (and Soprano Saxophone)
Bassoon (and Baritone Saxophone)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone (and Alto Clarinet)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet (and Alto Saxophone)
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Baritone TC (and Tenor Saxophone)
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mention the name F.E. Bigelow to most musicians and the Our Director March will probably pop into their minds. Yet another work from his pen is this march written in 1919. The NC-4 March is inspired by the first transatlantic flight earlier the same year and is dedicated to the crew’s commander, Navy Lt. Commander Albert Cushing Read.

The members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Band were surprised to learn that the melody to this march is the source of the UW-Eau Claire fight song, first adapted by James Curnow and later arranged by Dr. Dickerson himself, UWEC director of bands.

- Program Note from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band concert program, 1 May 2019

The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat that was the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, albeit not non-stop. The NC designation was derived from the collaborative efforts of the Navy (N) and Curtiss (C). The NC series flying boats were designed to meet wartime needs, and after the end of World War I they were sent overseas to validate the design concept.

In May 1919, a crew of United States Navy aviators flew the NC-4 from New York State to Lisbon, Portugal, over the course of 19 days.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Concert Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) - 9 May 2022
  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (David A. Schwartz, conductor) - January 2019

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