From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore

General Info

Year: 1927
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fillmore Bros.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone Solo-I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Henry Fillmore’s dog, Mike, could bark on cue and Henry composed or arranged numerous pieces of music for him. Mike performed with Henry’s band on WLW radio broadcasts and also recorded as “an exclusive Columbia Record Artist.” In his biography of Henry Fillmore, Paul Bierley says, “There were not, up until that time at least, many pieces of music written for or dedicated to dogs. Henry filled that void with a new march in the spring of 1927. He called it Playfellow and the dedication read, ‘To a dog. Our dog, Mike, a faithful playhound.’ This was the piece Mike could call his own, because Henry did not mark the published music with the barking spots. Whenever he played it at a concert, he would tell the musicians where to cut off and let the barks come through.”

- Program Note by Paul Bierley, in Hallelujah Trombone! The Story of Henry Fillmore


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Virginia (Alexandria) Grand Military Band (Loras John Schissel, conductor) - 23 September 2023
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Barry Houser, conductor) – 3 December 2016
  • Pocahontas High School Band – 9 March 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Courage (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1919/2003/2012)
  • His Honor March (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1934/2014)

All Wind Works


  • Bierley, Paul E. Hallelujah Trombone! The Story of Henry Fillmore. Integrity Press, 1982, p. 82ff.