Dear Band or Orchestra Director:
Welcome to the Key Route Music website. In 1995 we published Robert Shafer's flexible, combinable, arrangement of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance: Processional Themes from Marches 1 and 4. It's been played at middle school, high school, and university commencement ceremonies ever since.
In this arrangement all wind, string, and even percussion parts are written in two-staff format - the upper staff has the melody, the lower staff - an ensemble line. Thus, players and sections can solo, accompany, or tacit. What results is an unlimited number of possible instrumental combinations that can be changed from repetition to repetition, a feature useful in cases where there's a long procession of graduates.
The well-known Pomp and Circumstance theme, the Maestoso, is set in Bb and alternates with the Nobilmente in F. Included is a "Conductor's Worksheet" which lets you schedule what sections or players have the melody and when. You basically create your own arrangement of the Pomp and Circumstance themes.
We've posted some parts in pdf format if you want to sample a few of them:
1st & 2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
The arrangement is available in standard, combinable instrumentations for Concert Band ($60), String Orchestra ($30), Full Orchestra ($60), and Orchestra Winds/Percussion ($30).
Instrumentation Lists for Pomp and Circumstance
Order from your dealer* or contact us by phone.
If you'd like to try out the arrangement before purchasing it, we'd be happy to send you the music on approval. Just call us at (510) 548-6658 between 10am and 6pm PDT. Or email us at:
krm at krmusic dot com
Thanks for visiting Key Route Music!
*The following dealers carry this arrangement. Here are the appropriate links:
JW Pepper Concert Band Set
JW Pepper Full or String Orchestra Set
The Pepper links also contain a midi recording of the arrangement.
Amazon Concert Band Set
Amazon String Orchestra Set
Amazon Full Orchestra Set