The Music

The Nelson Town Band has a varied repertoire. While we take pride and pleasure in playing marches by John Philip Sousa and other composers, a typical concert also includes show tunes, old popular songs, and even a rendition of a New England contra dance tune written by Ralph Page.


God Bless America by Irving Berlin

The Thunderer by John Phillip Sousa

St. Louis Blues

Selections from Mary Poppins

Military Escort by Harold Bennett

Washington Post by John Philips Sousa

American Patrol by Meacham

Belle of Chicago by John Phillips Sousa

National Emblem by E.E. Bagley

Rollstone Mountain by Ralph Page

Manhattan Beach March by John Phillips Sousa

Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillips Sousa

Americans We by Henry Fillmore

Prestissimo by Karl King

Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov

Slavic Farewell by Vasilij Ivanovic Agakpin

Salute to the Sultan by Karl King

Precious Lord, Take My Hand arr. Robert W. Smith

El Capitan by John Phillips Sousa

Give My Regards to Broadway by George M. Cohan

High School Cadets by John Phillips Sousa

King Cotton by John Phillips Sousa

Liberty Bell March by John Phillips Sousa

Cool tunes from our 2019 repertoire!

Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

Composed by John Phillips Sousa, who was a freemason and dedicated this march to the high degree freemasonry Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles.

Here is a listening link to Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

Galop by Amilcare Ponchielli arr. Larry Daehn

Galop is from the Dance of the Hours, a short ballet depicting the passage of time which occurs in Act III, Scene 2 or the opera La Gioconda, written in 1876. This piece of incidental music has become one of the most popular ballet pieces in history.

Here is a listening link to Galop


Composed by Leonard Bernstein and arranged by Michael Brown, Somewhere is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written and one of the most recognizable from the musical West Side Story.

Here is a listening link to our arrangement of Somewhere

Oracles of the Sirocco

Robert Sheldon wrote this piece to depict the hot winds blowing over the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Northern Africa called the Sirocco. Sheldon writes, "This wind emanates exotic energy, creating feelings of introspection and adventure captured in the mystical messages that seem to reside in the breeze."

Here is a listening link to Oracles of the Sirocco