Here comes the Band
This piece has a simple texture that you will have sounding good with not too much practice. It is also suitable for a smaller instrumentation. The highest notes in flute and trumpet is doubled in octaves, but the lower octave should only be played if the high notes are too difficult. During rehearsal one should stress the melodic aspect of each part, and that all parts are just as important. Basically four voices is carried thru the composition, which makes it possible to make up for a small or unbalanced instrumentation, by compensating in other groups.
Part 1/melody: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Tenor sax, Trumpet 1
Part 2: Clarinet 2, alto sax 1/2, Trumpet 2, Horn
Part 3: Trombone 1/2, Euphonium/Baritone
Part 4/bass: Bassoon, Bass clarinet, Baritone sax, Tuba
If there is no tuba or other bass instrument present in your band, the bass clarinet part can be played by the euphonium/baritone. Also, the bass part can be covered by trombone playing the bassoon part, or tenor sax playing the bass clarinet part with octave replacements for the lowest notes. In the third to the last bar, the whole band shouts out: “Yes, Here Comes the Band!”. The dynamics in percussion (Bass Drum) needs here to be adjusted to the size of the band. On the other hand, in bar 37 and 38, the percussion section can play as loud as they are able to.
Because of its title and duration of appx. two minutes, this march is perfect for presenting the band at various arrangements you take part in.