St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square
by: Brian Harris

With its distinctive Russian flavor, March of the Czar's Brigade depicts a "pass and review" of infantry troops on a snowy winter's day. Starting quietly, the sound slowly grows to a strong B section, then marches away into the distance. This G-minor work is ideal for any concert or festival.

Selected festival and contest performances include:
  • Spring 1999 - McAuliffe Middle School, San Antonio, Texas (UIL Contest performance - all 1's)
    • Special thanks for the 1999 contest recording heard below - Directors Rosie Hidalgo and Rick Ruiz
  • Spring 1999 - Kitty Hawk Middle School, Converse, Texas
  • Spring 1999 - TMEA Region 12 Middle School Honor Band (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Fall 1999 - TMEA Region 8 Middle School Honor Band (Temple, Texas)
  • Spring 2001 - TMEA Region 11 Middle School Honor Band (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Spring 2002 - Lorena Middle School (Lorena, Texas)
  • Spring 2003 - Gatesville Jr. High School (Gatesville, Texas)
  • Spring 2005 - Rudder Middle School (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Spring 2006 - Leeds High School (Leeds, Alabama)
  • Spring 2006 - Seymour High School (Seymour, Texas)
  • Spring 2006 - La Vega Junior High School (Waco, Texas) 
  • Spring 2007 - Medina Valley MS (Castroville, Texas)
  • Spring 2007 - Lake Air MS (Waco, Texas)
  • Spring 2008 - Copperas Cove MS (Texas)
  • I have stopped listing these as there are so many. Thank you to the directors who chose and continue to choose it!

Medium Easy; Grade 1.5 

Appropriate for 2nd/3rd-year players +


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  • Spring or Fall concert.
  • Performance Time: about 2 minutes
  • All winds (including tuba!) have melody at least once.
  • Simple trombone parts (generously cross-cued in Horn, Euphonium)
  • 2nd Clarinet remains below break.
  • use of dotted-eighth/sixteenth rhythm in melody.
  • Use of low register for clarinets. (low E, F, G#)
  • Tuba solo (cued in other parts).
  • Muted Trumpet 1 solo (unison line with other instruments)
  • Dynamics; articulations; a few 16th-notes in all parts.
  • KEY and RANGES:
    G minor. 

    All parts are well within "2nd-year" ranges: Flute to E-flat above staff (only once); 1st Clarinet to C above staff; 2nd Clarinet remains below break; Trumpets to 3rd space C (1st Trumpet to E, once); Trombone to C above staff; Tuba to C on staff, down to D just below staff.

    Standard Instrumentation

    (plus Horn 1 & 2 and optional Piccolo)

    Flute, 2 Clarinets, Alto or Tenor Sax or Horn, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombone, Bass Line, Percussion.
    Parts for 5 percussionists: 
      Percussionist 1 = Snare Drum 

      Percussionist 2 = Bass Drum 

      Percussionist 3 = Crash Cymbals, Sleigh Bells 

      Percussionist 4 = Bells, Chimes 

      Percussionist 5 = Timpani (3 or 4 drums) 

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