A friend who lives in Sugar Grove and happens to play the euphonium heard that work had begun on this march, and requested that it have "a cool euphonium counter-melody." Well, other than playing the opening fanfare and the dogfights, that's all the euphoniums and trombones do in this march, over and over again.
The march opens with a cadence by the drums, followed by a Romanesque fanfare for full band.
The fanfare winds down and the first theme is introduced by the first trumpets, accompanied by second and third trumpets and horns on a rhythmic part and the tubas thumping out the bass. When the first theme repeats, we get the first "cool euphonium (and trombone) counter-melody."
The brass then drops out as the flutes, clarinets, and bassoon enter in a new key with the second theme. This repeats adding the bari saxes and oboes on bass and melody, and the alto and tenor saxes on a cool countermelody of their own.
A dogfight section then breaks out, which leaves us in the same (second) key.
After the dogfight, the second theme repeats again, this time adding trumpets to the soprano and alto lines. When the second theme repeats one last time, the trombones, horns, and euphoniums play, you guessed it, another counter-melody, while the tubas join the bass line.
A second dogfight returns us to the original key, where the first theme returns in the full band minus the trombones and euphoniums.
Of course, the trombones and euphoniums were being held in reserve for a final repeat of the first theme with their original counter-melody.
The drums then finish the piece with a cadence very similar to the opening.
This piece could be used for marching by omitting the oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, and tympani parts.
THE VILLAGE OF SUGAR GROVE by Tom Kirkland, for concert band, comes in a pdf file of 930K, including a thirty-five page score, twenty two-page parts, one three-page part, and a license page, seventy-nine pages in all. Performance time should be about 3:15.
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