American Music

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by strongbow, May 25, 2004.

  1. strongbow

    strongbow Member

    Dear All

    I have been asked to find music on a theme of 'stars & stripes' which should be easy to play and listen to.

    Any ideas?

  2. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    American Salute Morton Gould arr Simon Kerwin is a winner
    Liberty Fanfare John Williams
    Washington Greys - Grafulla
    America / Love on the Rocks arr P.Sparke
    Semper Fidelis ( regimental march of the U.S. Marines
    Caravan juan tizol / duke ellington arr Steve Sykes
    Scarecrow and Mrs King arr Steve Sykes
    there are loads of american themed music around
  3. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    Under Two Flags - march
    American Civil War Fantasy
  4. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Well, how about the march The Stars and Stripes Forever for a start? ;-)
  5. Well Worth It

    Well Worth It Active Member

    When I wish upon a star.

    When a star is born.

  6. forgive me for even suggesting it but....Cranberry Corners USA :twisted:
  7. Majoresteve

    Majoresteve Member

    battle hymn of the republic
    amazing grace
  8. deave

    deave Member

  9. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    No you should be flogged with Holly branches for suggesting it...u sicko! :roll:
    If you want to listen to the only ( I think ) recorded version , get hold of the Point Of Ayr Colliery ( EIMCO ) Band release from 1985 - Polyphonic
  10. Hornblower RN

    Hornblower RN Member

    How about Oklahoma!! :lol: :lol:
  11. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Post Bellum Rhapsody (Erik Leidzen)
    Cornet Solo: Rhapsody on Negro Spirituals (Ray Steadman-Allen)
    Theme from The Big Country (arr. Derek Ashmore?)
    Rhapsody on American Gospel Songs (Eric Ball)
    Songs of the States (James Curnow?)
  12. hunting_high

    hunting_high Member

  13. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    What about Yellow Submarine? I think It's an Alan Catherall arrangment where's it's loosely based around Sempre Fidelis (also a good american themed piece, along with any other Sousa classic!)
  14. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    First of all, forget Oklahoma!!!

    The civli war fantasy. suite that was mentioned is excellent.

    Stars & Stripes, obviously.

    76 trombones by Meridth Wilson is one of our bands Classics.

    If you want an arrangement of American Suite for Brass Band? it requires a killer horn section. that is a good one too!! (pm me and I'll try to get that to you)

    'Americans We' is a decent march.

    Sorry for the randomness, just brainstorming...

    I guess that could be a good start, let me know if you need more.

  15. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

  16. LU-Brasser

    LU-Brasser Member

  17. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Changes added to arrangers of the above two items. I dug out my old Grimethorpe recording of The Big Country last night; the music is the main theme from a movie of that name made in the 60's. Songs of the States is one of Bruce Broughton's pieces for the SA and has been recorded more than once; New York Staff Band and National Capital Band being two that I am familiar with. I my opinion both pieces are worth looking up if you can find them.
  18. jobriant

    jobriant Member

    Two American Arrangements

    I'll modestly suggest two of my own arrangements:

    * Shenandoah, a Folk Song for Brass Band (Traditional/O'Briant)

    * Fantasia on American Airs (Lax/O'Briant)

    Both are available through Bayside Music Press, Gilroy, CA. The website is

    Jim O'Briant
    Eb Bass, The Pacific Brass
    Principal Tuba, South Valley Symphony
  19. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    You could give Howard Snell's Three (or is it four?) Dances from An American in Paris a go. It's pretty tricky in places but a good arrangement none the less.

    Shenandoah is pretty too....

    I'll try and think of a few more.....
  20. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite (Dead easy)

    Barn Dance and Cowboy Hymn (Sparke, not so dead easy)

    Hootenanny----- Off to wash my mouth out with soap :oops: !!

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