Everybody Loves A March

Marches are heard in many situations: military and state marches, marching bands, wedding processions, and stylistic orchestral music. Here are some pieces that fit the label of “March.”

Bridal March by W J D Leavitt
This is a dramatic and fun march for any time; just call it March in G, Opus 19
Bridal March by Leavitt

Choral March by Dudley Buck
Written in canon form, it’s based on “A Mighty Fortress”
Choral March by Buck

The Coronation March (1911) by Elgar-Brewer
Written for the coronation of George V
Coronation March (1911)

An Eton Memorial March by Lloyd-Brewer
Written to honor the 129 Eton graduates who died in the Boer War; a fine alternative to Elgar and Walton marches.
Eton Memorial March

Festal March by Samuel Tudor Strang
A fine march by an AGO founder
Festal March

Festival March by Ralph Kinder
Written for a Philadelphia festival in 1905
Festival March

A Festive March (Marche en Rondeau) by Richard Peek
A march of flexible length suitable for weddings and academic processions
Festive March (Marche en Rondeau)

Funeral March by Elgar-Brewer
From Grania and Diarmid but you don’t have to tell anybody
Funeral March

Grand Triumphal Wedding March by C A Garratt
I never could figure out the meaning of triumphal wedding in the title, but it would make a dandy concert march, listed simply as “Grand Triumphal March.”
Grand Triumphal Wedding March

The Hungarian March by Berlioz-Brewer
Berlioz chose a patriotic melody known to the locals of Budapest as the “Hungarian Hymn of War,” and it became an instant hit!
Hungarian March

The Lyric Trumpet by Michael Johnston
I wrote this as an English trumpet tune with harmonies found in Epcot Park at Walt Disney World.
Lyric Trumpet

March aux Flambeaux by Isaac Barton
This dramatic march can be a grand representation of the torchlight march to the creche for Christmas.
March aux Flambeaux

March in G by Henry Smart
You can use this march as a concert piece or as a postlude. If you don’t need a long one, it can be played in sections.
March in G

Marche Officiale des Parachutistes Belges
by Pierre Leemans, arranged by Allan Ontko
The “Official March of the Belgian Parachutists” is a fun march written in 1935 for a contest. (It didn’t win.)
Marche Officiale des Parachutistes Belge

Marche Pontificale by René Becker
No Papal connection but a fun, mildly-pompous march from 1915
Marche Pontificale

The Open Diapason March by Louis Meyer
Both the solo and duet versions of this beloved march from 1879
Open Diapason March

Procession to the Minster by Wagner-Brewer
Wagner’s “real” wedding march, also known as “Elsa’s Procession”
Procession to the Minster

Quick March by Horatio Parker
Written by an 18 year old Parker, this duet was originally called Geswchwindmarch fûr zwei Orgelspieler (Quick March for two organists)
Quick March

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Bratton-Cronham
The piano march is from 1907 and the words everyone knows are from 1932. “If you go down to the woods today, You’re sure of a big surprise.” Charles Cronham’s arrangement is the best!
Teddy Bears Picnic

Three Military Marches by Schubert-Best
Everybody knows the first one but the other two are just as much fun to play
Three Military Marches

Trauermarsch or Siegfried’s Funeral Music by Wagner-Lemare
Siegfried’s incredibly dramatic funeral march

Triumphal March by Dudley Buck
A happy march from 1868
Triumphal March by Buck

Triumphal March by Alfred Hollins
In 1904, Hollins played this march on the V/127 stop Hill & Son organ in Sydney Town Hall and specifically used its Carillon, a set of bells at 2′ pitch on the Solo division.
Triumphal March by Hollins

Triumphant Procession by Michael Johnston
Exuberant piece for a short procession
Triumphant Procession

War March from Rienzi by Wagner-Kelley
Although the “Prayer” from Rienzi is heard in the Overture played today by orchestras, the “Grand March” is not included in the Overture. This is early Wagner, his first big success and before his deep chromatic style developed. This is also Kelley’s only organ transcription.
War March from Rienzi

Wedding March by Dudley Buck
This could be played in a concert and listed as “Dedication March” or simply, “March, Opus 44.” Quotes Old Hundred at the end.
Wedding March or March with Old Hundred


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