Composed by F.W. Meacham
Arranged by Bob Bunton
Transcribed for Wind Quintet by Don Stewart
Published by Trillenium Music Company
Includes score and parts
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn in F, and Bassoon
“The American Patrol” was written by F.W. Meacham in 1885 and soon became a most popular peice during the ascendancy of the concert and marching bands across the country. It's still often played in any of its later day arrangements. It became again popular in the 'big-band' era; Glenn Miller had a juke box hit with his version. This more modern re-casting was probably originally written for the “Airmen of Note” (one of the best Armed Forces bands of the 50's.) by Bob Bunton, who was the leader of that ensemble for many years.
Here, this swinging and exciting bit of Americana has been made into a stunningly effective work for wind quintet. Already, this little work has proven a welcome addition to the repertoire, useful as a concert peice, an encore, or as part of a special presentation. And it can be quite challenging at the tempo indicated… and it should move along!
Some of the low Horn notes could be raised an octave. The jazz solo has been included for Clarinet, but the “changes” are in place for Oboe and Flute as well.
Like many anthems for the big band era, this one seems to be deathless, and I'm pleased to offer a new chamber piece for wind quintet, drawn from an authentic bit of Americana. It should have a long and successful new life.
– DS 2012