When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In

  • Composer: Mashima, Toshio
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 6:00
  • Genre: Pops
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: POMS-81046S


Out of countless beloved traditional songs, we can surely say "When the Saints Go Marching In" is one of the best known melodies for all generations. Especially, Satchimo's (aka Louis Armstrong's) trumpet and singing is a hallmark sound of Dixieland jazz. Through it's often seen as a Dixieland song, it originated as a gospel hymn sung by African-Americans in the early 20th century south. While carrying a casket for burial, strolling bands might start with the blues song "Flee as a Bird" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" was played after the interment to celebrate loved ones joyfully going to Heaven.

This arrangement reflects such sentiments. "Flee as a Bird" is presented mournfully as the melody of "Saints" begins. It then assumes a fast-paced Dixieland style, giving each instrument ad lib parts. The piece concludes with a grand big band finale. Since it contains New Orleans jazz, Dixieland jazz and big band idioms, musicians have an opportunity to learn about history, theory and style. The song concludes with Satchmo's famous line. (Toshio Mashima)


1st & 2nd Flutes
Clarinet in Eb
1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
3rd Clarinet in Bb
Alto Clarinet in Eb(opt.)
Bass Clarinet in Bb
1st Alto Saxophone in Eb
2nd Alto Saxophone in Eb
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb
1st Trumpet in Bb
2nd Trumpet in Bb
3rd Trumpet in Bb
1st & 2nd Horns in F
3rd Horns in F
4th Horns in F(opt.)
1st Trombone
2nd Trombone
Bass Trombone
Electric Bass Guitar



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