Favourite March

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by blue juice, May 9, 2010.

  1. blue juice

    blue juice Member

    With whit friday fast approaching I thought it'd be fun to see what people's favourite or least favourite marches are and what they might be playing at whit friday.

    Got to say that personally my favourite march is Honest Toil and least favourite is probably death or glory.
  2. matt_BBb_bass

    matt_BBb_bass Member

    With you on Honest Toil! Must say Knight templar is up there aswell though! As for least fav... Slaidburn.
  3. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Surely Slaidburn and Death or Glory are road Marches not Contest Marches; or are we talking about all marches in general not just the ones played "On the Stand"

    Contest - Knight Templar, Senator, Ravenswood, President, Cossack, Mephi, Wizard........etc.
    (I quite like "Arnhem" )

    Road - Standard of St George, Washington Greys, Slaidburn, Death or Glory, Trafalgar.
    NOT - Sons of the Brave, Blaze Away - Sick of 'em, played 'em to death (not glory !!)

    Having been a Bass player, I just loved a good bass solo in a street march to clog out and rattle the slates as the band marched by. (Naughty, but nice !)

    - Mr Wilx
  4. Zappa

    Zappa Member

    Knight Templar
  5. floppymute

    floppymute Member

    Don't be too quick to pidgeon-hole - it all depends on the level of the band. Some school bands use these to contest with on Whit Friday don't forget.

    As for my choice of contest march - a somewhat neglected one in my view - 'Bramwyn' by John Carr
  6. still learnin

    still learnin Member

    Get no pleasure from marching whatsoever but enjoy playing most of the marches mentioned above plus the Contestor and Punchinello as well as the S.A march Praise (as long as we're seated!).
  7. Tam O Shanter

    Tam O Shanter Member

    I love Ravenswood. I also don't like Death or Glory (the sop part is rubbish!).
  8. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    "Army of the Nile" is an excellent march with a cracking bass part.

    Used to play "Thin Red Line" a lot on marching jobs.
    I've mixed feelings on that one.

    - Mr Wilx
  9. Mattytheshark

    Mattytheshark Member

    Knight Templar for me! Love it.
  10. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    I'm such a march-geek I could list many many marches and become excruciatingly boring without ever coming across one I didn't like. But for the sake of everyone else I won't! ;)

    To narrow it down to real favourites, and ones I'd be happy to hear/play all night:

    For the Contest Stand:
    Knight Templar
    The President
    The Wizard

    For the Road:
    On the Quarterdeck
    Cross of Honour
    Standard of St George

    For the Concert Stage:
    Torch of Freedom
    Aces High
    Last edited: May 10, 2010
  11. floppymute

    floppymute Member

    Certainly agree that for on the road, if you want a bit of real swagger then you can't beat 'On The Quarterdeck'
  12. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Can't beat "Montreal Citadel" for a road march ...

    Contest-wise, my favourite would have to be "The Cossack"
  13. Supermouse

    Supermouse New Member

    Rather partial to a bit of Cornish Cavallier myself.
    Least fav - March 'Praise' but that's probably cos we did it to death!
  14. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Swing that bass !!

    -Mr Wilx
  15. _si

    _si Member

    My new fav (we are rehearsing it at the moment) is Cross of Honour, fantastic march!

    Old favs are Glemdene, The Cossack and Mephistopheles!
  16. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Washington Greys
  17. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    Has to be Montreal Citadel! With Knight Templar a decent 2nd.
    What About Barnard Castle for School Bands? Class!
  18. blue juice

    blue juice Member

    In addition to my original post I have to say that O.R.B is really growing on me and has a cracking sop part
  19. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Do for me !

    - Mr Wilx
  20. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    As a kid, I was awestruck when I first played Simoraine. It still sounds exciting and modern today.