When the Saints Go Marching In (arr Mashima)

From Wind Repertory Project
Toshio Mashima

Traditional, arranged by Toshio Mashima

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music/Brain Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Electric Bass
Piano (optional)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When the Saints Go Marching In, often referred to as "The Saints", is an American gospel hymn. The precise origins of the song are not known.

Luther G. Presley, who wrote the lyrics, and Virgil Oliver Stamps, who wrote the music, popularized the tune as a gospel song. A similar version was copyrighted by R.E. Winsett. Although the song is still heard as a slow spiritual number, since the mid-20th century it has been more commonly performed as a "hot" number. The tune is particularly associated with the city of New Orleans. A jazz standard, it has been recorded by a great many jazz and pop artists.

Both vocal and instrumental renditions of the song abound. Louis Armstrong was one of the first to make the tune into a nationally known pop tune in the 1930s. Armstrong wrote that his sister told him she thought the secular performance style of the traditional church tune was inappropriate and irreligious. Armstrong was in a New Orleans tradition of turning church numbers into brass band and dance numbers that went back at least to Buddy Bolden's band at the start of the 20th century.

In New Orleans, the song is traditionally used as a funeral march at "jazz funerals". While accompanying the coffin to the cemetery, a band plays the tune as a dirge. Returning from the interment, the band switches to the familiar upbeat "hot" or "Dixieland" style of play.

The tune was brought into the early rock and roll repertory by Fats Domino and (as The Saint's Rock and Roll) by Bill Haley & His Comets.

-Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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