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Instrumentation:   Band

Genres:   EnergeticHumorous

MetaMarch was the third (after Chester Leaps In and ImPercynations, but before Suite Dreams) of my Parody Suite pieces that quote and rework familiar themes from popular works for band. I wanted to create a “march movement” for the Parody Suite, so I chose three familiar marches, Americans WeLiberty Bell March, and National Emblem as source material, and ended up weaving in fragments from Chester Leaps In and ImPercynations to further round out the post-modern, self-referential nature of the piece, all tied together in a (mostly) straightforward march. While including all these various warped quotes, I wanted this piece to still sound like a march. Above all, it’s intended to be humorous – I hope it brings you a smile!

Special thanks to William Berz and the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band for commissioning this work.

Commissioned by: Raritan Valley Symphonic Band, William Berz, conductor


6 June 2003, Raritan Valley Symphonic Band, William Berz, conductor

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Flute 1
Flute 2/3
Oboe 1/2
Bassoon 1/2
Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2/3
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2/3
Horn in F 1/2
Horn in F 3/4
Trombone 1/2
Trombone 3

Crash Cymbal
Sn. Dr../Bass Dr.

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