I wrote this arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner a few years ago for my elementary bands. While there are many excellent arrangements available from various music publishers, I felt that there were some specific adjustments that would help my young students be more successful with performing this challenging melody. Some of the ways I tried to address these challenges are: Clarinet parts that offer the option of going above the break (clarinet 1) or staying below the break (clarinet 2), a trumpet 1 part that goes no higher than written third-space C, and aligning the rhythms of the harmonic parts with the melody to help students stay together. With these adjustments, I hope you’ll find this arrangement maintains the integrity of the piece while including some musical interest.
I’m happy to share this arrangement with you for free, simply click to download below. You may make as many copies as you need for your band. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which in plain English means that you may share and copy this music as much as you like, as long as you credit my original work and do not use the work commercially. ENJOY!