Star Spangled Banner
Posted by sousa on 8/2/2020, 10:03 pm
Which key do most marching bands play The Star Spangled Banner (Sousa/Damrosch version), Ab or Bb?
Re: Star Spangled Banner
Posted by Percguy on 8/3/2020, 11:23 am, in reply to "Star Spangled Banner"
Our Fight Song and School Song are both in Ab, so we play the Ab version to keep the fingerings consistent.
Posted by Oldbanddude on 8/4/2020, 11:05 am, in reply to "Re: Star Spangled Banner"
My school had an Alma Mater in Db (!) with lots of jazz chords, 7ths 9ths and even 11ths. Very cool but really hard for the freshmen.
Posted by Retired on 8/3/2020, 11:10 am, in reply to "Star Spangled Banner"
In a small West Texas district. I used the Ab for 2 reasons. 1) The lower trumpet range 2) The trombones learned that Db existed.
Posted by Just saying on 8/3/2020, 7:08 am, in reply to "Star Spangled Banner"
Any band that CAN play that version could play it in either key. That being said, I know of two bands total that do the Ab version.
Posted by gn on 8/3/2020, 6:25 am, in reply to "Star Spangled Banner"
Bb. Ab however is the official Department of Defense key for it. Most people choose to not fight the tuning issues of Ab on something they are not going to spend enough time on.
Posted by Not true? on 8/3/2020, 8:12 pm, in reply to "Re: Star Spangled Banner"
DoD version is in Bb (and has been for quite some time). https://static1.squarespace.com/static/597f5c36893fc0db6481d346/t/5b7398b6898583d1bafb7196/1534302397939/ArmedForces1997Version-BandParts+%281%29.pdf http://www.navybmr.com/study%20material/STAR%20SPANGLED%20BANNER.pdf http://www.hightytightyalumni.org/Music/National_Anthem.pdf
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