The American Frontier Suites - Volume 1

for Full Concert/Symphonic Band
by David P. Miller

"Volume 1 of the American Frontier Suite Series"

The American Frontier Suite series came about as an idea resulting from collecting old music "that everyone knows." As the quantity of this music began to grow, it fell into fairly natural groupings, and as of this writing, in early 2008, there are some twenty suites planned for this series.

Volume 1 in this series covers tunes popular with Americans during the Revolutionary War era, between about 1750 and 1790. It includes these five tunes:

  • The Girl I Left Behind Me -- a marching tune popular with both British and Colonial armies, frequently associated with fife and drums or with the fife, drum, and flag bearer. This tune originated in Britian, and was readily adopted by the colonists.

  • Free America  -- This tune was blatantly stolen from "The British Grenadiers" by the colonists, who set their own words to this tune, making it vastly popular in the revolutionary colonies.

  • Barbara Allen -- A wonderfully plaintive ballad originating, as near as can be told, in 1600s Scotlant, this song was vastly popular as a lament among colonial Americans of this era.

  • Yankee Doodle -- Perhaps the most widely recognized originally-American revolutionary war tune, this song was a popular patriotic song of the day.

  • Chester -- Back in revolutionary war days, Chester was even more popular than Yankee Doodle as a patriotic anthem for the new nation. Check out the words to this tune, and you'll see why this is.

This piece has been carefully scored to be a challenging Grade 3, and one prominent composer and professor has indicated this would be an ideal piece for state contest lists.

It will also make an ideal easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.

The price of this piece is $85.00 for the full score and all instrumental parts, all in PDF format, so you can print as many parts for each instrument as you need for your group. Available in May 2008.

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