edited by: Brian Harris

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER (National Anthem of the USA; concert band setting)

This concert-sized (8.5”x11”) publication of the Sousa-Damrosch setting of the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER is in the original and most sing-able key of A-flat. The 1917 harmonization by Walter Damrosch remains, while Sousa’s arrangement has been slightly modified to meet today’s modern concert band instrumentation and a couple of melodic rhythms have been altered to fit the official lyrics. Phrase markings have been added to assist in rehearsal and performance.

Medium Easy ; Grade 3

Appropriate for advanced second-year players and beyond.

Sample pages (.pdf):
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  • Scored for today's concert band instrumentation
  • A few rhythms changed to reflect official lyrics.
  • Phrase markings added to reduce rehearsal time
  • Includes LYRICS on all parts so students learn our National Anthem!
  • KEY and RANGES:
    A-flat major
    Concert Instrumentation

    (Piccolo/Flute; Oboe; Trombone 1, 2, 3)

    Parts for 3 percussionists:
      Percussion 1 = Snare Drum, Bass Drum 

      Percussion 2 = Crash Cymbals

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