Flexible, Chamber, and Large Ensemble Music
This piece is intended to provide a joyous and accessible option for a first march experience. The march shares its main theme with Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, movement 1 ‘Morning Mood’. (There are 4-Parts + 3 Percussion, so you need at least 7 players to perform this very easy beginning band piece.)
The piece features Beethoven’s Ode To Joy melody from Symphony No. 9, Op. 125. The original theme which includes eighth notes is in the ‘Advanced’ parts and can be played simultaneously with the slightly easier ‘Part 1’. You will need at least one player for each part listed for this very easy beginning band piece. Students love playing, and singing this melody!