HISTORIC YOSEMITE MARCHES

ARRANGED BY

STEPHEN KENT GOODMAN

Now Available for Concert/Symphonic & Marching Band

In the Summer of 1999 in Yosemite National Park, Camp Curry commemorated its centennial with special festivities including the debut of three newly created band arrangements.

 

Sound-clips, program notes,
and ordering info below...

These band arrangements were created by nationally renowned composer/arranger Stephen Kent Goodman from rare copies of original piano sheet music. The three marches (The Stentor, The Yosemite March & Two Step by Allen and the Yosemite March by Hetzel) were unearthed from the Yosemite Research Library by Yosemite entertainer Tom Bopp.

HEAR FOR YOURSELF:
The soundclips, below (arranged by Tom Bopp, from his "Vintage Songs Of Yosemite" CD), are offered in 2 formats.  Click on the links marked "ra" for a brief clip, or on the "MIDI" links to hear the entire march on your soundcard. The size of each sound file accompanies each link.  Tom Bopp's MIDI arrangements (they'll automatically play through your soundcard) accompany two of the marches.

Yosemite March

(1896, by George W. Hetzel)

Soundclip
(arr. Tom Bopp):
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Program Notes

The "Stentor" March

(1914, by Maurice Blumenthal)

Soundclip
(recording from 1915):
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Program Notes

The Yosemite March And Two-Step

(1903, by Elmer Allen)

Soundclip
(arr. Tom Bopp):
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Program Notes

BE SURE TO PURCHASE ALL THREE MARCHES FOR YOUR BAND'S LIBRARY - THEY ARE TRULY A NATIONAL TREASURE!!

To order, email Stephen Kent Goodman at:

stephengoodman@sbcglobal.net

Published by 1999, Sound Traditions Publishing.


These marches and many other historic Yosemite pieces are available on the CD, "Vintage Songs Of Yosemite". This CD presents Tom Bopp's arrangements and performances of Yosemite-inspired music from 1874 to 1954. Sprinkled throughout the album are rare original recordings. The CD is available on-line at:


Yosemite March
by George W. Hetzel

The Yosemite March, composed in 1896, is a sterling example of the genre, undeserving of its 100 years’ obscurity. On the original sheet music is the following inscription: "Respectfully Dedicated to George T. Exton". Nothing has yet been found concerning Mr. Exton nor the dedication.

$50.00 each or purchase all three marches for $135.00. Shipping and handling is $5.00 per order.

Address orders/inquiries to
Stephen Kent Goodman at
stephengoodman@sbcglobal.net

The Stentor March
by Maurice Blumenthal

The Stentor March, composed in 1914, is dedicated to David Curry, who founded Yosemite’s Curry Village, now in its 100th (1999) year of operation. A 1915 recording of the march features the "stentorian" voice of David Curry performing his trademark yells: "Hello Glacier...all's well... farewell." The first call was Curry's customary greeting from the valley floor to those at Glacier Point, 3,000 feet above, preparing to rake glowing coals over the cliff in that nightly show called the "Firefall." Regarding the last call, a contemporary observer wrote, "As the stage drives up to take its loads away he [Curry] reads the list and calls each name, shakes hands with each departing tourist, and as the stage pulls out he shouts "Farewell" in tones that nearly blow them off their seats" [quoted from the back page of "The Stentor" sheet music]. That call is to this day emblazoned on the back side of the arched "Camp Curry" sign.

$50.00 each or purchase all three marches for $135.00. Shipping and handling is $5.00 per order.

Address orders/inquiries to
Stephen Kent Goodman at
stephengoodman@sbcglobal.net

The Yosemite March & Two Step
by Elmer Allen

The Yosemite March & Two Step, composed in 1903, was published the year President Theodore Roosevelt visited Yosemite. Interestingly, on the original sheet music cover, the words "As Played By Arthur Pryor and his world famous band" are covered with a stripe of metallic gold ink, suggesting that the publishers' aspirations to fame had been somehow thwarted.