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Star Spangled Spectacular (arr Cacavas)

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George M. Cohan

George M Cohan (arr. John Cacavas)

General Info

Year: 1962
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig/Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone T.C.
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood block
  • Xylophone


  • Flutes. m. 137: add a bar line at the end of this measure
  • Clarinet II. m. 98: D-C-B should read E-D-C (like 1st clarinet)
  • Clarinet II. m. 164, beat 3: remove half rest
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I. m. 34, beat 2: eighth notes should read quarter notes
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I. m. 157: add rehearsal figure here
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I. m. 201, beat 2: E should read D
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I. m. 211: add "a tempo"
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I. m. 213: delete "a tempo" >
  • Cornet I. m. 7: delete half rest
  • Cornet III. m. 79: F sharp should read F natural
  • Baritone T.C. m. 51: move rehearsal "52" to the following measure

Program Notes

George M. Cohan had a deep-seated patriotism, as evidenced in such songs as Over There, Yankee Doodle Boy, and You're a Grand Old Flag. His greatest song, Over There, was written in 1917 and was the most stirring song to come out of World War I. It was immensely popular and has become a classic among popular songs. For his patriotic songs, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Arranger John Cacavas (b. 1930) was chief arranger of the U.S. Army Band and twice won the Freedom Foundation’s George Washington medal for his contributions to American music. He has taken a number of Cohan’s greatest songs and put them into this “Spectacular” arrangement.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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State Ratings

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  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) – 14 March 2018
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 4 February 2017
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Clinton H. Dawley, conductor) - 12 June 2016
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