Them Basses March

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G.F. Huffine

G F Huffine (arr. Andrew Balent)

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General Info

Year: 1924 / 1987
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


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Program Notes

Them Basses March is subtitled "A March in which the Basses have the Melody throughout." Huffine might have included the names of all of the lower brasses and the lower woodwinds in the subtitle, inasmuch as they also have the melody -- after the introduction by the cornets. The march was written to sound complete with a minimum number of players, such as in a circus band playing for the elephant act. Because of the small number of different parts, Them Basses March is equally suitable for a 2,000-member massed band, a 28-piece brass band, and a marimba ensemble. It shares this characteristic with much of the music of the Baroque period. Rhythmically, it swings. It was on the J.W. Pepper list of favorite march for many years, almost since it was published in 1924, and it is still popular in many countries -- a very uncomplicated march classic.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Craig McKenzie, conductor) - 2 July 2023
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Symphonic Band (Ryan Webber, conductor) – 15 November 2022
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Toby Shucha, conductor) - 10 April 2022
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby Francis, conductor) - 29 April 2021
  • Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.) Wind Ensemble (Brian O. Walden, conductor) - 25 February 2021
  • Triton College (River Grove, Ill.) Community Band (Dana Legg, conductor) – 9 March 2020
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Mark Kadetsky, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Kent State University (Ohio) All-Star Gold Band (Wendy K. Matthews, conductor) – 11 January 2020
  • Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington) May Term Band (Dan Drake, conductor) – 29 may 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 13 March 2019
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Andrew Esch, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 18 March 2017
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holton, conductor) – 4 February 2017
  • Chelmsford (Mass.) Community Band (Lucinda Ellert, conductor) - 2 November 2014
  • Greene County (Paragould, Ark.) Tech Alumni Band (Danny Davis, conductor) - 22 January 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Huffine, G.; Balent, A. (1987). Them Basses: March [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 305.