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