The delightful BOMBASTO March by O.R. Farrar, scored for modern concert band by David P. Miller
by Orin. R. Farrar, arranged for modern concert band by David P. Miller
This march was originally published in 1895, and has only seen rare performances in its more than 120 years (as of this writing) of existence. This is curious, in that it is quite a good march, very exciting throughout, a bit of a challenge to play, but definitely playable with a bit of work.
The original march was on march-size paper and had turn-of-the-twentieth-century instrumentation. It has now been completely rescored for today's modern concert band, including parts for all standard band instruments. Additionally, the dynamics, articulations, and phrase markings have been homogenized throughout the score and the parts, and rehearsal measure numbers have been added. Finally, the march is formatted to print on two pages of 8 1/2 x 11" paper, so it is much easier to read.
Additionally, we provide you with all three types of scores with this march - the Full Score, the Condensed Score, and the Compressed score. Read more about why we have these various score types here.
We have rated the difficulty of this march as a Grade III, but if anything, it's a Grade III+ because of all the chromatic runs, especially in the brass. If it were just a chromatic scale and then some rest, it would definitely be just a Grade III, but Farrar wrote more measures of eighth notes following the chromatic scales, and it will take a bit more work to play these passages correctly, Hence the plus.
Here is the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performing this march on August 25, 2012.
You can see the PROGRAM notes for this tune in our Program Notes Repository.
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