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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Ward, Samuel A.

Arr. Green, Michael C.


  • Ensemble: Brass Band
  • Genre: Patriotic
  • Grade: 4
  • Duration: 4.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: AOS192

"America the Beautiful" is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates and the music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward.
Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, Pikes Peak, first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled America for publication.

Ward had originally written the music, Materna, for the 19th century hymn O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882. Ward's music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful.

The song is one of the most beloved and popular of the many American patriotic songs.From time to time it has been proposed as a replacement for The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem.

Instrumentation: Soprano Cornet in Eb, Solo Cornet in Bb, 2nd Cornet in Bb, 3rd Cornet in Bb, Repieno Cornet in Bb, Flugelhorn, Solo Alto Horn in Eb, 2nd Alto Horn in Eb, 3rd Horn in Eb, Baritone, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Bass in Eb, Bass in Bb, Timpani, Percussion

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