American Music


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?



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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

Dave Payn

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strongbow said:
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?


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


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Nik_The_Insane said:
forgive me for even suggesting it but....Cranberry Corners USA :twisted:

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

John Brooks

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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?)

Okiedokie of Oz

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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!)


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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.


John Brooks

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John Brooks said:
Theme from The Big Country (arr. Derek Ashmore or Denzil Stephens?)Songs of the States (Bruce Broughton)
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.


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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


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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.....


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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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