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Strike Up the Band

From Wind Repertory Project
George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Warren Barker)


General Info

Year: 1927 / 1981
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $9 .00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash & suspended)
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel (bells)
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The title says it all! What a smashing way to begin a concert, as the genius of Warren Barker's scoring launches a sound that has built-in, guaranteed excitement. The timeless melodies of George and Ira Gershwin have never been better served than in this dazzling work. Very, very high octane!

- Program note by Publisher


Strike Up The Band is the title song for a musical interpretation of George S. Kaufman’s satire about a proud American owner of a cheese factory who is outraged when Switzerland protests a tariff on imported cheese and convinces the U.S. government to declare a war he would finance. George and Ira Gershwin saw this as an opportunity to write in the style of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The 1927 production never made it out of Philadelphia, as political satire was a hard sell even in an operetta style. The inevitable boy-meets-girl story did produce the classic love song The Man I Love.

- Program note from Music Program Notes for Band and Wind Ensemble Music


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Petaluma (Calif.) Community Band (Dublin, Calif.) (Arlene Burney, conductor) – 9 June 2019 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
  • Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tx.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 6 September 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Summer Concert Band (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 21 June 2017
  • Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band (Harvey Bernstein, conductor) – 4 July 2016
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 27 September 2015
  • Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (San Rafael, Calif.) Non-Marching Band (Adrian L. Quince, conductor) - 9 June 2013
  • ACB 2013 Convention Band (Cmdr. (ret.) Allen E. Beck, conductor) - 6 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) - 8 March 2013
  • Heart of Texas Concert Band (Noah D. Taylor, conductor) - 2012
  • Capitol Pops Concert Band (Sacramento, Calif.) (Jerry Lopes, conductor) - 5 June 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


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