WWI Medley for Brass Ensemble Arranged by Jari Villanueva A medley of It’s A Long, Long Way to Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag
Full Score 3 Trumpets in Bb 4 Horns in F 3 Trombones Euphonium Tuba Timpani Snare and Bass Drum Cymbals Bells Piccolo (Optional) Substitute part for Eb Horn and TC Baritone provided
“It’s A Long, Long Way to Tipperary” is a British music hall song written by Jack Judge and cocredited to Henry James “Harry” Williams. It was allegedly written for a 5-shilling bet in Stalybridge on January 30, 1912 and performed the next night at the local music hall. Now commonly called “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, the original printed music calls it “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary.” It became popular among soldiers in the First World War and is remembered as a song of World War I.
“Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile” is the full name of the World War I marching song, published in 1915 in London. It was written by Welsh songwriters, George Henry Powell under the pseudonym of “George Asaf”, and set to music by his brother Felix Powell. It was featured in the American show Her Soldier Boy, which opened in December 1916.
This skillful arrangement by Jari Villanueva captures the flavor of the original tunes and would be a great selection commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. The arrangement includes the verses of the tunes and the British bugle call “Fall In.” This clever arrangement culminates in a rousing section that superimposes both tunes.