The Rosebud March

Scott Joplin
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A "new" Golden Age march for concert band.

Scott Joplin wrote The Rosebud March for piano in 1905. He dedicated it to Tom Turpin, owner of the Rosebud Café, a favorite gathering place for the African-American community in St. Louis, Missouri. Joplin was by then an established composer of the piano rags with which his name remains associated. But he chose to honor his friend with a spirited march that sounds more like Sousa than Joplin.

This arrangement for concert band invokes the sound of John Philip Sousa's classic marches, as Joplin seems to have intended. It's comparable in difficulty to Washington Post or The Stars and Stripes Forever. It makes an excellent concert curtain-raiser, finale, or encore for a good high school, college or community band.

Duration: approx. 3:00.

Instrumentation: Piccolo / Flute 1-2 / Oboe / E-flat Clarinet / Clarinet 1-2-3 / Alto Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Bassoon / Alto Saxophone 1-2 / Tenor Saxophone / Baritone Saxophone / Trumpet 1-2-3 / Horn 1-2-3-4 / Trombone 1-2-3 / Euphonium / Baritone T.C. / String Bass / Drums (Snare Drum, Bass Drum) / Cymbals / Timpani

Score ID
Scott Joplin
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Concert band / wind band
Classical music

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