by Henry Filmore
ed. Aaron Noe
Alamo was originally published in 1916 by the Fillmore Music House under the pseudonym of Will Huff on the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo (1836).
This march begins in a traditional format with a short introduction followed by two sections of contrasting dynamic flare. In the first presentation of the Trio, this arrangement has been scored to present a Euphonium soloist accompanied by the elongated melody in the woodwinds. The practice of featuring a soloist would have been a common practice by professional bands in the concert halls of the early 20th Century.
After an articulate call and response in the dog fight strain, Fillmore varied from the standard practices of many marches from this period in the second and final presentation of the Trio at the end of the piece. Here, Fillmore wrote fantastic fireworks in the upper woodwinds soaring over the melodic material presented in the Trio and tripling the woodwinds’ original melody in the saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. The effect in the reprisal of the Trio is the culmination of a fiery Finale to highlight the technical expertise any early 20th Century Band.
LEVEL IV - Medium Advanced (Range)