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The Little Band March
I composed The Little Band March when I was in high school, out of a sense of frustration. My high school band was very small my senior year, and it seemed like every piece we played was missing some important part for some instrument we didn't have, so I decided to write a piece with only one part per instrument. The bass clarinet, baritone sax, and tuba all have the same part throughout, so you don't need all three. The second trumpet is optional, since it doubles the F horn, an instrument that is either absent or weak in many small bands. The oboe and mallet part is optional as well. It may be played on any mallet instruments available. Feel free to make substitutions as well (tenor sax with euphonium TC, for example). It's a very flexible piece, so do whatever it takes to make it sound good with your instrumentation.
Since I wrote it in high school, before I had learned much about music theory, some of the voice leading is a little strange. Although I made a few small changes for the 2012 version, I left the piece largely intact. Part of this piece's character is derived from how I thought about composing as a young person, and what I thought sounded good before I knew any better. It's charming that way.
Flute, Oboe (Mallets), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1&2, F Horn, Trombone, Euphonium (Bassoon), Tuba, Percussion
Copyright 2012 Peter Hopkins