What is your favourite march? (The Big Poll)

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I have some mixed feelings on marches.

Bands often feel compelled to start a concert or rehersal with a march. Whilst respecting those older marches.......I prefer, to be honest, summat like Barnard Castle (bright and breezy), and I think the public probably like em also....Although just get the audiences attention with any lively tune that they know?

We at Cubbington Silver Band, have our very own march - CEB (composed by Nigel Horne, and a bright and breezy march it is, the trad "trio" is a morris dancing tune) - (stands for Cubbington Ear Biters - a long story, summat to do with a football match many years ago when a player bit the other players ear off - folks from Cubbington are now often known as ear biters!!!) :?

Has anyone had a hard two hour rehersal, and the MD says "what shall we finish off with" - and a voice from the basses says "lets play a nice easy march"!!!!! So out comes Cossack, or Castle Coch or Punchinello...........lip busters for a tired cornet player lol.

There are some good modern marches coming out these days..........


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None on the list, although if I had to choose one it would be Knight Templar.

Praise is superb and Le Tricot Rouge, also by Heaton, is excellent too.

Of the 'Whit Friday' favourites my choice to hear would be ORB or The Wizard. My top Rimmer march is not so well known - The Arabian.



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Didn't really marches when I played cornet/flugel but since going onto horn love RAVENSWOOD
Ace solo horn part. :wink:


If we're talking Heaton then surely Glory! Glory! must get a mention! Surely the ultimate concert march? Shame it's not played more often!

Brian Bowen

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The originator of this thread is probably unfamiliar with SA marches, of which there are hundreds. Generally speaking they have a different feel to "contest" marches. Many are very good and finely written -- bands could do well to dig a little deeper into the SA repertoire. True, there's usually a hymn tune or known SA song included and that often makes them joyful (eg. Goldcrest).

Of the older, more traditional ones check out:
Bramwell Coles (who's been called the SA's Sousa), eg. Victors Acclaimed, Heroes of the Combat, Glory of the Combat (too many good ones to list here)
George Marshall, eg. The Liberator, Spirit of Praise
Erik Leidzen, eg. Pressing Onward, Steadily Onward, Following the Flag
Dean Goffin, eg. Crusaders, Anthem of the Free
Norman Bearcroft, not so much old style but lyrical: ask World of Brass!
Many more recent ones, too numerous to mention (I'm not up-to-date anyway).

Then there's Wilfred Heaton, who stands apart from the rest for individuality. In addition to Praise (the one that really broke the mould and gets plenty of performances still), there's Le Tricot Rouge and Glory, Glory -- all SA influenced marches and highly original.


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Probably more for reasons of boyhood nostalgia than anything else, but my personal favourite has to be "Montreal Citadel" (Norman Audoire)



army of the nile for me! :lol:
Its got the best sop part! well ive only played:
army of the nile
knight templar
Death or Glory
the president
new colonial
imperial echoes
gladiators farewell
out of all them.

Praise is also a great march!!!!!! :p


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Old Comrades for me. Went to Germany with Peterlee Band and found a pub open to 7 every morning. Used to get up at 12 and drink all day till 7 the next morning. First pub in the day had a juke box with Alte Kameraden on it. We used to order the beer and sausage and put this march on the sounds box. Whilst me and my mate ate and drank to the booming march the barman danced behind the bar playing the spoons. Happy days!! Mind Peterlee band have just started to speak again after 20 years. :lol:


sorry but the poll would only allow so many answers so couldnt include all the marches. had bout 40 at the start, submitted them and told me i had too many. shame!


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Can't believe you haven't included Ravenswood - isn't it the most played march on Whit Friday? Its my favourite to play because solo horn seems to have got the sop part by mistake 8)

2nd choice would probably be The Cossack or Viva Rimmer


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Accidental said:
Can't believe you haven't included Ravenswood -

Agree with this - Ravenswood is just fantastic.

I also like Valdres March. (Can't remember the composer). First played it on a NYBBGB course many, many, many years ago and have loved it to bits ever since. Great soprano part.
i agree with toby, mephi is a gr8 march and im surprized no1else has mentioned it yet, yes ravenswood is also very good, i kinda like president altho ive only played it once, a march ive played recently which is pretty good is star lake by i think eric ball, plenty 4 trombones 2 do in that 1!, isnt it pretty fair 2 say that coz there r so many marches nowadays that its extreamly difficult 2 say wot our alltime favourite march is coz ur pickin 1 march from 1000's here surely!

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