Top 51 Titles of 2015

Using the information reported to ASCAP and BMI through the ACB Blanket Performance License for 2015, Sarah McElfresh looked to create the "Top 50 Titles" performed during that year. Like most good plans, it turned out that the "Top 51 Titles" worked out better as each had been performed at least 51 times - and there were some ties. This information was presented in the October 2016 issue of the Journal as a word cloud on the cover and details appeared on page 24.

The list below will shows the list of titles in order based on number of times it was performed with ties being represented. Alongside the title is the most often performed arrangement of that title. Some selections only have one arrangement, but most have multiple arrangements that are played – the most popular arrangement varies from year to year in some cases. This is all based on what our members with the license program in a given year. This may be viewed as a "things to include in your band library" although there are some titles that appear as it was the year of a movie release which bumps the frequency of plays up. Overall, this list includes much of the music people expect to hear from their local community band.

Top 51 Titles based on frequency of performance in 2015, listed with the top arrangement for each of the titles: Oct 2016 Cover
1. The Star-Spangled Banner- John Stafford Smith arr. John Philip Sousa
2. The Stars and Stripes Forever- John Philip Sousa
3. America, The Beautiful- Samuel Augustus Ward arr. Carmen Dragon
4. Armed Forces Salute- Bob Lowden
5. God Bless America- Irving Berlin arr. Erik W.G. Leidzen
6. Sleigh Ride- Leroy Anderson
7. The National Emblem March- E.E. Bagley
8. The Washington Post March- John Philip Sousa
9. A Christmas Festival- Leroy Anderson
10. Americans We- Henry Fillmore
11. Battle Hymn of the Republic- William Steffe arr. James Neilson
12. The Sound of Music- Richard Rodgers arr. Robert Russell Bennett
13. In The Mood- Joe Garland
14. The Liberty Bell March- John Philip Sousa
15. Semper Fidelis March- John Philip Sousa
16. Symphonic Highlights from Frozen- Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez arr. Stephen Bulla
17. Amazing Grace- John Newton arr. Frank Ticheli
18. White Christmas- Irving Berlin arr. John Moss
19. Over The Rainbow- Harold Arlen arr. Warren Barker
20. American Patrol- Frank W. Meacham arr. Belwin - Sportime Booklet
21. The Thunderer March- John Philip Sousa
22. Shenandoah- Frank Ticheli
23. Colonel Bogey March- Kenneth J. Alford
(tied) The Blue And The Gray- Clare Grundman
25. The Homefront- Musical Memories from World War II- James Christensen
(tied) The Music Man- Meredith Willson arr. Philip J. Lang
27. El Capitan March- John Philip Sousa
28. The Fairest of the Fair March- John Philip Sousa
29. Greensleeves- Alfred Reed
30. Second Suite for Military Band in F Major- Gustav Holst
(tied) The Black Horse Troop March- John Philip Sousa
32. God Bless the U.S.A.- Lee Greenwood arr. Roger Holmes
(tied) Hymn To The Fallen- John Williams arr. Paul Lavender
(tied) Lassus Trombone- Henry Fillmore
(tied) Sentimental Journey- Les Brown arr. Paul Murtha
(tied) The Christmas Song- Mel Torme arr. John Higgins
37. Bugler’s Holiday- Leroy Anderson
(tied) My Fair Lady- Frederick Loewe arr. Robert Russell Bennett
(tied) Strike Up The Band- George Gershwin arr. Warren Barker
40. Irish Tune from County Derry- Percy Aldridge Grainger
(tied) Star-Spangled Spectacular- George M. Cohan arr. John Cacavas
42. First Suite in Eb for Military Band- Gustav Holst
43. Moonlight Serenade- Glenn Miller arr. Jeff Hest
(tied) Bond, James Bond- Stephen Bulla
(tied) Christmas Sing-a-Long- James D. Ployhar
(tied) Moon River- Henry Mancini arr. Michael Brown
47. St. Louis Blues- W. C. Handy arr. Jerry Gray
(tied) Sway- Pablo Beltrán Ruiz arr. Mark Taylor
49. Beer Barrel Polka- Lew Brown, Jaromir Vejvoda & Wladimir Timm arr. Bob Lowden
(tied) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Hugh Martin arr. Douglas E. Wagner
(tied) The March from “1941”- John Williams arr. Paul Lavender