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Screamers!

From Wind Repertory Project
Douglas E. Wagner

Arranged by Douglas E Wagner


Subtitle: A Medley of Circus March Themes


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Belwin-Mills
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Triangle
  • Whistle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The arrangement features four extremely recognizable themes by four different composers (none of them Sousa), all woven together with seamless transitions.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


The death-defying thrills, the unparalleled pageantry, and the seemingly endless action of a circus performance would surely fall flat, would it not be for the accompanying music that is so vital in creating that perfect balance of drama and excitement. Audiences might not readily know their names, but they can't help to break a smile whenever they hear a familiar circus march strain.

A bit higher on the difficulty scale, and usually at a tempo that is quicker than a traditional military march, the circus march is a unique American band form still very much alive today in circus arenas as well as on concert and contest stages.

Screamers (the aptly coined name for a circus march) brings together themes from four classic works of the genre (in order of appearance):

Entry of the Gladiators (Thunder and Blazes) By Julius Fucik (1872-1916)

The Circus Bee By Henry Fillmore (1881-1956)

Bombasto By Orion R. Ferrar (1866-1929)

Barnum and Bailey's Favorite By Karl L. King (1891-1971)

- Program Notes by arranger


Commercial Discography

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Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • The Instrumentalist, Vol. 69, No. 3 (October 2014), p. 34