For a school band in the United States of America, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is very likely the most requested piece of music. Whether it is for an assembly, graduation ceremony, or a sporting event, you can expect that call from the principal asking, “Can the band play the national anthem?” Having an arrangement of the SSB in the standard repertoire is a good idea for every school band regardless of grade level, size, or instrumentation.
There are many fine arrangements of the SSB, and it is well worth your time to find one that works for your full ensemble. This arrangement is presented in a flexible format to address issues faced by:
• Groups with notably mixed ability levels
• Small bands
• Middle school bands
• Unusual or limited instrumentation
Even if you are blessed with a group of strong players and ideal instrumentation, I believe you will find this arrangement useful to have on hand for:
• Short notice performances
• Chamber groups
• Harmony and four-part voicing study
What Makes This Arrangement Flexible?
This piece is presented in four-part harmony (SATB) with all four parts written for every instrument. This allows the entire band to study each line in unison and then split the parts as needed. It allows you, the director, to custom fit the arrangement to suit your students. If your clarinet section is strong while your lone trumpet player is weak, you can assign the melody to the clarinets and let the trumpet student take an inner voice. If your entire low brass section gets the flu two days before an assembly, you can have the saxophones take the bass line already printed on their sheet music. As directors, we face constant challenges of less-than-ideal situations, and this arrangement will allow your band to serve the important function of performing the national anthem while helping to minimize those challenges.
• Director’s Guide
• “Rhythm Study Sheet”
• “Historical Connections” Worksheet Set
• Conductor’s Score
• Instrument Parts
o Flute / Piccolo
o Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
o Alto Clarinet
o Alto / Bari Saxophone
o Tenor Saxophone
o Trumpet / Baritone TC
o Trombone / Baritone BC / Bassoon
o Mallet Percussion (Bells)
o Percussion 1 (Snare / Field Drum)
o Percussion 2 (Bass Drum / Crash Cymbal)
o Percussion 3 (Triangle)
Buyer has permission to copy as needed for their classes taught.