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WW 10 "Passing of the Red Man" Excerpt (Medicine Show Intro at Furioso.), Karl L. King, 1914, PDF, MP3 (Edited)

The original Wild West Cowboy Band played this arrangement.

WW 10 "Offenbachiana" Excerpt (Orpheus in the Underworld at Allo Vivo.), Jacques Offenbach, arr. E. Boettger, 1884, PDF: Conductor WW CorAlto LowBrDrums, MP3

The original Wild West Cowboy Band played this arrangement.

WW 17 "Recollections of the War" Excerpt (Introduction-Drummer's Call & Reveille, then skip to Quickstep to end), arr. E. Beyer, 1885, PDF: WW Conductor(Solo Bb Cornet)-CorAlto LowBrDrums, MP3 (Edited)

The original Wild West Cowboy Band played this arrangement.

WW 41 "Teddy Trombone" Trombone Feature, Henry Fillmore, 1911, PDF, MP3

Henry Fillmore was the king of the Trombone smear. Besides his famous Lassus Trombone, he wrote many other trombone features that took great advantage of the glissandi effect. Teddy Trombone is an excellent example of this.

WW 42 "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" (Hymn), arr. Frank E. Berry, 1896, PDF, YouTube (NOA)

Popular hymn, and President McKinley's favorite song - after his assassination it was sung at his funeral.

WW 48 "Liberty Bell March", John Philip Sousa, 1894, PDF (+ Score), YouTube

WW 60 A "Irish Tune From County Derry", Percy Grainger, 1909 (publ. 1918), PDF Score, PDF, YouTube

WW 60 B "Shepherd's Hey", Percy Grainger, 1909 (publ. 1918), PDF Score, PDF, YouTube

WW 61 "The Lost Chord" Cornet Solo, Arthur Sullivan, arr. Lake, 1877, PDF (+ Score), YouTube

Composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) in 1877 at the bedside of his brother Fred during Fred's last illness. The manuscript is dated 13 January 1877; Fred Sullivan died five days later. The lyric was written as a poem by Adelaide Anne Procter called A Lost Chord, published in 1858 in The English Woman's Journal.

The song was immediately successful. Many singers have recorded the song, including Enrico Caruso, who sang it at the Metropolitan Opera House on 29 April 1912 at a benefit concert for families of victims of the Titanic disaster. The piece has endured as one of Sullivan's best-known and often performed songs.

The cornet soloist represents the singer, or narrator of the piece, and the band represents the pipe organ.

... I have sought, but I seek it vainly,
That one lost chord divine,
Which came from the soul of the organ,
And entered into mine.

It may be that death's bright angel
Will speak in that chord again,
It may be that only in Heav'n
I shall hear that grand Amen.

WW 62 "Teddy Bears' Picnic, Characteristic Two Step", John Walter Bratton, 1907, PDF, MP3

The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as "Teddy" (though he loathed being referred to as such). In 1902 Morris Michtom was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. By 1906 many manufacturers were producing the stuffed bear cubs and the craze for "Roosevelt Bears" was such that ladies carried them everywhere, children were photographed with them, and Roosevelt used one as a mascot in his bid for re-election. American educator Seymour Eaton wrote the children's book series The Roosevelt Bears, while composer John Walter Bratton wrote an instrumental, "The Teddy Bears' Picnic", a "characteristic two-step".

Bratton composed and personally copyrighted the song in 1907, and then assigned the copyright to M. Witmark & Sons, New York, who published it later that year. Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy wrote the now familiar lyrics for it in 1932.

The first recording of the piece was by the Edison Symphony Orchestra in 1907 on Edison two-minute cylinder. Arthur Pryor's Band made the work's first disc recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey, on September 14, 1908.

The first vocal version was recorded in 1932 by Henry Hall and His Orchestra, with Val Rosing singing Kennedy's lyrics. The song was subsequently recorded by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Bing Crosby, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Frank DeVol, Jackie Lynton, Rosemary Clooney, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Garcia, John Inman, Trout Fishing in America, and Anne Murray, just to name a few. And, it is still a very popular piece for the nostalgic Jazz Orchestras and Brass Bands.

WW 63 "The Whistler And His Dog" Piccolo Feature, Arthur Pryor, 1907, PDF, MP3

Arthur Wiilard Pryor (1870-1942) was a trombone virtuoso, bandleader, and soloist with the Sousa Band. He was a prolific composer of band music, his best-known composition being The Whistler and His Dog.

WW 64 "The Toreador Song" from Carmen - Euphonium Solo (Soli), George Bizet, arr. Theo. Moses-Tobani, 1899, PDF, YouTube

WW 71 "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" from Mikado - Eb Alto/Bb Cornet Solo, Sir Arthur Sullivan, arr. E. Boettger, 1886, PDF, YouTube

This is a very popular aria from Gilbert & Sullivan's masterwork, the comic opera The Mikado. This short song is sung by the character of Yum-Yum, as she ponders what it will be like when she rules the earth as the sun rules the sky. Although it has fanciful lyrics suppiled by Gilbert, it also possesses one of Sullivan's most beautiful melodies.

The original Wild West Cowboy Band played this arrangement as part of WW 27, Selection from Sullivan's Comic Opera MIKADO.

The Famous Cowboy Band Through The Years

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Arena Main Entrance

Attack on the Deadwood Stage

Wild West Cowboy Band, London, 1885

Wild West Cowboy Band, France, 1889

Wild West Cowboy Band

Wild West Cowboy Band, Italy, 1890

Wild West Cowboy Band, Chicago, 1893

Wild West Cowboy Band on Parade

Wild West Cowboy Band Members Between Shows

Wild West Cowboy Band

Wild West Cowboy Band, London, 1904

Wild West Cowboy Band, London, 1904

Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Brooklyn

Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Germany

Wild West Ticket Wagon

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Train Car

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