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Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Subtitle: Based on Our Director

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

FE Bigelow composed Our Director March in 1892, and in the decades that followed it became widely used in an array of settings, such as silent films, vaudeville and college fight songs.

This impressive composition for band gives the famous march a symphonic treatment. It opens with a noble introduction leading to hints of the march's trio theme. The theme is alternated with an original theme until both appear gloriously together.

- Program Note from publisher

For Dan Atkins Ellis [(1929-2007)], Director of Bands Emeritus, Furman University, Greenville, S.C. Premiered by The Coastal Winds, Dr. James L., Tully, conductor; SC Music Educators Conference, Feb 8, 2008.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 21 March 2021
  • The Coastal Winds (James L. Tully, conductor) – 8 February 2008 – *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


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