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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
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Condensed Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

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

SATB Choir


Errata

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


Media

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • National Concert Band of America (Alexandria, Va.) (Adrian Holtan, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • National Concert Band of America (Alexandria, Va.) (Adrian Holton, conductor) - 23 October 2022
  • Racine (Wisc.) Concert Band (Mark Eichner, conductor) - 1 July 2018
  • 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


Works for Winds by This Composer


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