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Need a Good Arrangement of Star-Spangled Banner

I would like to find a good arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner that is of medium difficulty (SAB or SATB).   Any suggestions out there?
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on July 19, 2014 7:38pm
I was thrilled by John Higgin"s arrangement for Sandi Patty.  SATB and soloist (Sandi Patty). It was broadcast at the end of some broadcast big event. THIS is a big event.
Hal Leonard (HL4081 9124)
on July 20, 2014 4:22am
I recommend the Lloyd Pfautsch arrangement.
on July 20, 2014 4:27am
The Mark Hayes arr. is really quite good and has an exciting ending.  One of his better arrangements in my opinion.
on July 20, 2014 4:57am
Darren, I have my own arrangement that has been used by a couple of's a little more difficult SATB, with some TBB/SSA on the "rocket's red glare" section.  
If you send me an email, I'd be happy to send to reply and send you a SIB file or PDF for you to check out.  I won't charge you for it....just give me credit for the 
arrangement.  My email is bassets_creek(a)
on July 20, 2014 5:26am
My personal favorite is Darmon Meader's arrangement.  It is a bit challenging, but I have all of my students 9-12 learn it and they are prepared to sing at events as asked.
on July 20, 2014 6:47am
ECS Publishing has an unusual arrangement by Conrad Susa.
Check our online catalog for ordering information.
Our distributor is Canticle Distributing. 
Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Chief Editor
ECS Publishing 
on July 20, 2014 7:03am
Try the David Clydesdale arrangement. Starts out with brass fanfare, then soft choral entrance (VERY moving) and then builds to a big finish.
The noise you hear at the beginning of the singing is the audience rising to their feet.
Tina Heidrich
Connecticut Master Chorale
on July 20, 2014 7:27am
We have had good luck with the Russell Robinson arrangement.
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on July 20, 2014 8:00am
The one I program most frequently is Russ Robinson's. It is fairly straight-forward and easy to put together with a nice ending. SATB. 
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on July 20, 2014 11:34am
The Dave Barduhn arrangemennt is one of the mosgt dramatic arrangements I have ever heard. While keep the integrity of the text, the rhythms and harmonies are stricking and memorable. This arrangement can be performed a cappella or with piano accompaniement. Sound Music Publications SMP88-008 (bu going to, you can hear the arrangement)
on July 20, 2014 11:53am
I have one for SSATB a capp based on one for TTBB a capp, both of which have worked very well.
My favorite, though, is Igor Stravinsky's (yes, you read that correctly!) for SATB and acc. or orchestra available from Presser's.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Community College of Philadelphia
robertamross(a) <Robert Ross 11>
on July 20, 2014 2:27pm
I have one for SATB -- and one for SS ---  I'd be glad to share with anyone, free of charge, if you send me your e-mail address.
Lee Kesselman
on August 14, 2014 7:44pm
Hi Lee,
Could you please send me your arrangement as well?  I am looking for SSAB, but would love to see your SATB as well.
Thanks, and let me know!
Jonah Piali
on July 20, 2014 8:13pm
I have also done an SAB and an SATB of medium difficulty for my high school choirs.  Will also share free of charge if you would like me to email it to you.  Deanne Casperson - mrscasperson(a) 
on July 21, 2014 8:13am
A personal favorite is an arrangement by Robert Edgerton, SATB chorus a cappella, w/optional trumpet. Very effective. Coronet Press, selling agent: Theodore Presser 392-41703.--Mark Mecham
on July 22, 2014 7:36am
I have not promoted my own arr's on this site...but since you've asked for a med. diff. Star-Spangled Banner...
My jazz quartet group, VJQ, sings an a cappella arr of the SSB which I did for them a few years back. Where I live is home to Little League BB World Series, and we were asked to sing it for a championship game around that time...and some Phillies minor league games, too.  It's a straight-up chart, no melismas, no extensions or trips to the nether regions; but there are several chord substitutions, and it's entirely 4-part SATB, no div. You can hear it on our website: just google VocalJazzQuartet. I'd be glad to share it with you, if you're interested.  Lemme know.
on August 14, 2014 7:40pm
Would you be able to send this to me as well?  I am looking for an SSAB vocal jazz arrangement, but would love to see this as well.  Thanks!
on July 22, 2014 10:38am
I use the Jamey Ray arrangement from Alfred Publishing Co. My Senior High Choir does this accapella arrangement.  It is great
on July 23, 2014 3:46am
My personal favorite is Frank Sargent's arrangement from Oxford.  I have used it with a large Texas high school choir, community college choir, community chorus choir, and church choirs.  Although it is quite straight-forward, there is just enough variation to keep it interesting.  This past spring I used it as a massed choir piece for a heritage choir festival of Swedish, Norwegian, Finninsh, German, and Estonian choirs in Seattle.  Great a cappella arrrangement.  BTW:  Frank is a retired from Highland Park HS in Dallas, as well as from Arizona.  He is a past Arizona state ACDA president.
on August 15, 2014 8:09am
Kirby Shaw here. Mine's in a more black, soulful gospelish style, You can hear a full recording at With all of these recommendations, good luck deciding!
on August 15, 2014 5:27pm
I love an SSAATB version that Louis Magor wrote originally as SSAA. He considers it a gift and would share it willingingly. If you want a copy, let me know a mailing address and I will send to you. jkeil(a)
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