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Soldiers of Destiny

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Soldiers of Destiny

Mark Wolfram

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sound Studio Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00 USD   |   Score Only - $45.00 USD


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Sax I-II
Bb Tenor Sax
Eb Baritone Sax
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Mallets, including:

  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Inspired by the courage of our men and women in uniform, "Soldiers of Destiny" is an original setting of the traditional hymn, "Onward, Christian Soldiers" (lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan). It has an uptempo, multi-metered approach to the hymn, incorporating unexpected and refreshing harmonic and rhythmic twists into the work. It also quotes portions of 2 other war songs ("When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary") and uses original material to make a musical statement about war, Manifest Destiny and their effect on the individual.

The hymn is also the favored processional of the Salvation Army.

"Soldiers of Destiny" by Mark Wolfram is a GRADE V concert band composition for high school, college and community bands. Crucial solo and accompaniment parts are well cued. This piece is enlivening to the audience and most enjoyable for the performers.

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