Growing Ranks

March for Beginning Band

Or Flex Band

Full and Flex Band

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Performance Time: Approx. 2′

Growing Ranks is a short march written in response to a call for “adaptable” music for early band. Using only the first five notes of the Bb Major Scale and simple rhythms no more complicated than doubled eighth notes in the winds, it gives beginning musicians a chance to learn about the traditional Sousa March form. A simple strain with the familiar Oom-Pah in the lower voices is contrasted with a legato, chorale-like Trio section with the Alto and Tenor voices taking the melody. After a small interjection that repeats the opening phrase, the first strain comes back in full force to round out the piece. Growing Ranks was completed in October, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina.



Bassoon/String Bass

Bb Clarinet 

Bass Clarinet

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Baritone Sax

Bb Trumpet

Horn in F



Timpani – 2 Drums


Percussion 1 – Snare Drum, Bass Drum

Percussion 2 – Suspended Cymbal, Triangle

Flex Band Version

Part 1 – Soprano

Part 2 – Soprano

Part 3 – Alto

Part 4 – Tenor

Part 5 – Bass

Piano Reduction (Optional)

Timpani – 2 Drums (Optional)

Percussion 1 – Snare Drum, Bass Drum (Drum Set if Needed)

Percussion 2 – Crash Cymbals, Triangle