Music for Use

Music for Use

Serenade, Op. 48

Music, Marching BandCooper Ottum

A few years ago, for Century High School, I used the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 as an opening impact in a marching band show. It has a great big “classical” sound and, to my ears, worked well on the field because of its simple, dramatic descending melodic line.  

So I decided to arrange a simplified version of the opening phrase of this piece as a marching band chorale. Here it is:


(go to the Chorales and Exercises page to download the score for free)


Enjoy, and let me know what you think. 

Side note: a lot of this site's traffic comes from people looking for free chorales for their marching band program, which is terrific. I make these arrangements for free because I want more people to have access to high quality music for their marching band programs, and also, selfishly, because I want people to associate Music for Use with accessible and well-made music. If you feel like giving back, send me a video of your band playing one of my arrangements, or tell me a story about how you decided to use one of the arrangements with your ensemble. I'm curious to know if this music is actually helping bands provide a rich musical experience for their members and audiences.