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This Is My Country

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Al T. Jacobs

Al Jacobs (arr. Hawley Ades)

General Info

Year: 1940 / 1954 / 1960
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum

SATB Choir


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Al Jacobs' daughter, Joann, recently wrote, "Dad ran into Don Raye who said he was in the process of writing a patriotic song [This is My Country] and would he like to write the music. So the words came first for sure, and then my dad wrote the music. I believe the song was written in New York . . ."

Jacobs and Raye wrote their song in 1940 and, as a result of a January 7, 1942, recording session for Decca Records, the group Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians popularized it. Over the years a number of other recordings of the tune were made, for example, by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Pattie Labelle.

- Program Note from The Library of Congress


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Peninsula Concert Band (Hampton, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) – 11 November 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Carlos Gama, Jr., conductor) - 27 June 2017
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2017 (Presidential inauguration)
  • Midland (Tex.) Community Band (Gary Simmons, conductor) – 4 July 2015

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