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Howe, James

Medley arranged by James Howe

Subtitle: Concert March Medley of Traditional Scottish Airs

General Info

Year: 1965
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Full Score Only (print) - $14.95   |   Condensed Score Only (print) - $8.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Condensed Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


  • B-flat Cornet III, 3 m. before reh. B: Rhythm should read: eighth rest - eighth note - eighth rest - eighth note (pitches remain the same).

Program Notes

This march is named after the range of hills near Edinburgh, Scotland, where it was composed. It is based on three Scottish airs: The Lass O' Gowrie, John Anderson, My Jo,' and Rowan Tree. The march is very popular with the British bands and its featured by H.M. Scots Guards in the ceremony of Trooping the Colour.

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Major James H. Howe was born in County Durham, England. He started his study of the cornet and piano at the age of nine, eventually leading to a musical career that began as a bandsman in the Royal Scots Army Band. Songs in this piece include "Lass O' Gowrie," "John Anderson, My Jo," and "The Rowan Tree." Pentland Hills is among his most popular marches, which also include "Sterling Castle" and "Glasgow Fair", all published by Southern Music.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


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  • University of Georgia (Athens) Honor Wind Symphony (Ricky Fleming, conductor) - 22 January 2023
  • Grace College (Winona Lake, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Criss, conductor) – 29 November 2021
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.V.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor - 5 March 2021
  • Central Davidson (N.C.) High School Wind Ensemble (Rodney Workman, conductor) – 4 October2018
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Scarlet High School Honor Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 14 January 2018
  • Nieuwjaarsconcert Kunst na Strijd Woudrichem – 19 January 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Howe, J. (1965). Pentland Hills: Concert March for Symphonic Band [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 206.