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Polly Oliver

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Thomas Root

Thomas Root

General Information:

Year: 1977
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
Flutes I-II
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass drum
  • Cymbals
  • Snare drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sweet Polly Oliver is an English broadside ballad (Roud #367), traceable from 1840 or earlier. It is also known as "Pretty Polly Oliver" and has several variant sets of lyrics, set to a single anonymous melody. It is one of the best known of a number of folk songs describing women disguising themselves as men to join the army to be with their lovers.

Thomas Root wrote a symphonic band arrangement and Benjamin Britten wrote an arrangement for voice and piano.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Boomer Campus Band (Tim Pardue, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Cedar Park (Tx.) Middle School Symphonic Band (Britni Dunn, conductor) - 19 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Lance Sample, conductor) – 28 October 2019
  • Diablo Wind Symphony (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) (John Maltester, conductor) – 8 June 2018 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Sean Schierbecker, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Oneonta (N.Y.) Community Concert Band (Rene Prins, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Tower Concert Band (Lance Sample, conductor) - 22 April 2018
  • Montgomery Senior All County Band (Amsterdam, N.Y.) (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 3 March 2018
  • Kings County (N.Y.) Concert Band (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 29 October 2016
  • Hanford (Calif.) High School Band (Janet Levine, conductor) - 20 March 2015 (2015 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Joaquin Miller Middle School (San Jose, Calif.) Advanced Band (Nancy Moser, conductor) - 15 March 2013 (2013 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.))

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