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Bells of Freedom


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 1.5 | Duration: 3:40
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2002

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    Here's a tasty little march in a straight-ahead style that is sure to appeal to your beginning band. Bells of Freedom is aptly titled, too, and its patriotic feeling is enhanced by a few phrases of America.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 1.5 | Duration: 3:40

    Clarinet 1/2
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet 1/2
    Horn in F
    Baritone TC/BC

    Percussion 1 (chimes, bells)
    Percussion 2 (triangle, crash cymbals, xylophone)
    Percussion 3 (snare drum)
    Percussion 4 (tom-tom, bass drum, suspended cymbal)

    Program Notes
    Bells of Freedom is a concert march written for the beginning band. It has patriotic overtones since the melodic material for the first and second strains borrows motives from the Star-Spangled Banner and the ending quotes the last phrase of the National Anthem. Additionally, the feature of chimes in the percussion carries patriotic connotations.

    There are a few issues that will make this march a bit more challenging than the standard fare of Grade I band works. First, there is a feature by the chimes. Secondly, the range of flute extends to the high C, which may be a note that has not been taught at this early stage, but certainly one in which the fingering can be easily learned.

    -David R. Gillingham

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