Our Director March (arr. Hildreth)

From Wind Repertory Project
F.E. Bigelow

F.E. Bigelow (arr. Richard E. Hildreth)

General Info

Year: 1892 / 1918 / 1929
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jacobs
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Obligato I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
C Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Tenor Horn I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bigelow composed this march in 1892 for Joseph Morrisette, the director of the Ashland Brass Band. In addition to his arrangement for band, which Jean Missud published in 1895, editions were soon issued for guitar, banjo, mandolin, flute, cornet, cello, and orchestra.

In 1916, the trio of Our Director became the fight song of Harvard College. It has since been adopted by numerous schools -- in quick time as a fight song or slowly as an alma mater. It was widely used in vaudeville and silent films (as a curtain raiser and as exit music), and it was even sung as the Battle song of Liberty during World War I. Bigelow obviously knew the right ingredients for a good march as well for a good prescription.

- Notes from “Program Notes for Band”


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Youth Wind Ensemble (Chris Nichter, conductor) - 15 November 2022

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bigelow, F.; Hildreth, R. (1929). Our Director [score]. Walter Jacobs: Boston, Mass.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 67-68.