Jack’s Musings: Famous Marches

Musings: Famous Marches

By Jack Kopstein

The following is a list of popular marches from around the world that are frequently performed. They are in alphabetical order for easy reading. No doubt there are other marches which are featured in concert or on parade. This list contains some well known and lesser known marches which are seen on various concert programs from the last several years. Many great marches have disappeared from the program schedules of bands and orchestras in North America. The Vienna concerts usually held on January 1st each year features the marvelous hand clapping march Radetsky. The popularity of the march Old Comrades (Alte Kameroden) has never wavered. Two very exciting marches which are rarely performed are VIMY by Bidgood and ARROMANCHES by Kelly. A recent march that has been very popular is GLORIOUS VICTORY by Kendal.

The list of well known and preferred marches is endless. In going through the massive lists of marches, one aspect of march writing which  surfaced  was the   dedicatory march. Very often the music was marked at the top ‘Dedicated to’  a person, a place, or an event. Merle Evans of Circus fame dedicated a march called “Symphonia” to Charles Ringling of the Ringling Barnum and Bailey Circus. Victor Grabel devoted a march to the US Marines called Glory of the Marines which had an intro and trio with the US Marine song (From the shores of Tripoli etc). Well known march writer RB Hall  called “The Tenth Regiment March” for that unit of Albany New York. Karl L King saluted Charlie Troops, bandmaster and trombonist of Wilmington Ohio with the march Trombone King.

John Philip Sousa dedicated numerous compositions to towns and cities and musicians and events. T.B. Boyer returned the favour by dedicating his march Sousa’s Triumphal in 1930. Many British marches have as their dedication names like Alford’s Vanished Army, Leo Stanley’s The Contemptables and Vivian Dunn’s Lord Mountbatten.

  • “Old Comrades” – Carl Teike
  • “All Sports March” – Robert Farnon
  • “American Patrol” – W. Frank Meacham, copyrighted March 30, 1885
  • “Americans We” – Henry Fillmore, published in 1929
  • “Amparito  Roco”-Jaime Texidor
  • “Anchors Aweigh” – Charles A. Zimmerman
  • “Band of America” – Paul Lavalle
  • “Bandology” – Eric Osterling
  • “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” – Karl L. King, composed in 1913
  • “Belgian Paratroopers (Marche des Parachutistes Belges)” – Pierre Leemans
  • “The Big Cage” – Karl L. King, Copyright 1934
  • “Blaze Away!” – Abe Holzmann
  • “The Billboard” – John N. Klohr
  • “Bombasto” – Orion R. Farrar
  • “Boston Commandery March” – Thomas M. Carter
  • “Bravura” – Charles Duble
  • “Brighton Beach” – William Latham
  • “Brooke’s Chicago Marine Band” – Roland F. Seitz
  • “The Chicago Tribune” – W. Paris Chambers
  • “The Chimes of Liberty” – Edwin F. Goldman
  • “Coat of Arms” – George Kenny
  • “Colossus of Columbia” – Russell Alexander
  • “Colonel Bogey” – Kenneth J. Alford
  • “Combination March” – Scott Joplin
  • “Commando March” – Samuel Barber
  • “Coronation March” from Le Prophète – Giacomo Meyerbeer
  • “Crusade for Freedom” – J.J. Richards
  • “Children of the Shrine” – James Swearingen
  • “Eagle Squadron”- Kenneth J Alford
  • “E Pluribus Unum” – Fred Jewell
  • “El Capitan” – John Philip Sousa
  • “Emblem of Unity” – J.J. Richards
  • “Entry of the Gladiators” (Thunder and Blazes) – Julius Fučik, composed 1897
  • “Fairest of the Fair” – John Philip Sousa
  • “Father of Victory (Le père la victoire)” – Louis Ganne
  • “The Footlifter” – Henry Fillmore
  • “Florentiner” Julius Fučik
  • “The Gallant Seventh” – John Philip Sousa
  • “The Guadalcanal March” – Richard Rodgers
  • “Hands Across the Sea” – John Philip Sousa, composed 1899
  • “High School Cadets-March” – John Philip Sousa
  • “In Storm and Sunshine” – John C. Heed
  • “Independentia” – Robert B. Hall
  • “Invincible Eagle” – John Philip Sousa
  • “Invercargill March” from New Zealand- Alex F. Lithgow, composed in 1909
  • “The Klaxon” – Henry Fillmore, composed in 1929
  • “Königgrätzer Marsch” – Johann Gottfried Piefke
  • “The Liberty Bell” – John Philip Sousa, composed 1893
  • “Little English Girl”- Davide Delle Cese (Ingelesa)
  • March from A Little Suite – Trevor Duncan
  • “March Grandioso” – Roland F. Seitz
  • “The Melody Shop” – Karl L. King
  • “Men of Ohio” – Henry Fillmore
  • “The National Emblem” – Edwin E. Bagley
  • “Officer of the Day” – Robert B. Hall
  • “Official West Point March” – Philip Egner
  • “On Parade” – Edwin Franko Goldman
  • “On the Mall” – Edwin Franko Goldman
  • “Onward and Upward” – Edwin Franko Goldman
  • “On the Square” – Frank Panella
  • “On the Quarter Deck” – Kenneth J. Alford
  • “Our Director” – F.E. Bigelow
  • “Pomp and Circumstance” no. 1 – Edward Elgar
  • “Preußens Gloria” (“Prussia’s Glory”) – Johann Gottfried Piefke
  • “The Purple Carnival” – Harry Alford
  • “The Purple Pageant” – Karl L. King
  • “Radetzky March” – Johann Strauss Sr.
  • “Repasz Band” -Chas. C. Sweeley
  • “Royal Airforce March Past”-Walford Davies(Also RCAF March)
  • “Robinson’s Grand Entree” – Karl L. King
  • “Salutation” – Roland F. Seitz
  • “Semper Fidelis” – John Philip Sousa
  • “Semper Paratus” – Francis Saltus Van Boskerck
  • “The Screamer” – Fred Jewell
  • “Second Connecticut Regiment “ – D.W. Reeves
  • “Seventy-six Trombones” – Meredith Willson
  • “Sons of the Brave”-Thomas Bidgood
  • “The Southerner” – Russell Alexander
  • “The Thin Red Line” – Kenneth J Alford
  • “Stars and Stripes Forever” – John Philip Sousa, composed December 25, 1896
  • “Strike Up the Band (song)” – George Gershwin , composed 1932
  • “The Tenth Regiment” – Robert B. Hall
  • “The Thunderer” – John Philip Sousa
  • “Under the Double Eagle (Unter dem Doppeladler)” – Josef F. Wagner, composed 1902
  • “The U.S. Air Force” – Robert Crawford
  • “Up the Street” – Robert G. Morse
  • “Voice of the Guns” Kenneth J Alford
  • “Washington Grays” – Claudio S. Grafulla, composed in 1861
  • “The Washington Post March” – John Philip Sousa, composed 1889
  • “Wellington March”-Wilhelm Zehle
  • “The White Rose” – John Philip Sousa

8 comments. Leave a Reply

  1. The list could be endless so I choose to only add three marches
    President Garfield’s Inauguration March by Sousa played by the Goldman Band
    Valdres marsj by J Hansen
    In Treue fest by C Teike

  2. Bob Hunt

    The list of marches omits the French National Defile march [Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse], j Rausklarr. Confirm w/ bandmaster at USMA West Point

  3. Just a suggestion. Why don’t you have it so that, if we wanted to print off, say, something like the Jack’s Musings for today, you would have some kind of link for us to do it?

  4. That’s not a bad idea! Thanks for the suggestion. We will look into providing something like that in the future.

  5. Joseph R. Martan

    An impressive list – but you neglect the band tradition of the armies of Imperial Austria and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Jurek’s “Deutschmeister Regimentsmarsch” of 1893 would give you a fine representative piece which honors the elite regiment of the old K&K army and, more importantly, honors its regimental band – founded in 1741 and still in existence today, albeit as a civilian organization (one of the treaty requirements after WWI). This band and our own Marine Corps Band have a relationship for the way the Marine Corps Band was originally established back in 1798 was based on the Austrian band when it was transferred to Vienna and made the “house band” for the Hapsburgs pursuant to a 1781 decree by Emperor Joseph II.

    Now, I have a request – hopefully it will get some attention here. I am searching for an arrangement of Sousa’s 1920 march “On the Campus.” The arrangement I am looking for is that used in volume 8 of Keith Brion’s Sousa series with the Royal Artillery Band. It has funny words for the trio (first time) as well as a musically satirical part for the trio (second time) for clarinet and saxophone written by Sousa himself. Is this arrangement commercially available? Is anyone aware of an organization that would be willing to reproduce it? The band I play in, the West Suburban Concert Band in LaGrange, Illinois, would be very interested in performing this arrangement. This past summer we played one of Sousa’s “lost marches.” This was “Old Ironsides” – and the audience got a real kick out of it. Any help is appreciated.

    Joseph R. Martan

  6. Altissimo has created a wonderful collection available on iTunes featuring almost all of these “Famous Marches” Check it out!

  7. Cecil Valac


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