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a cappella patriotic music?

Hi all.  I have an a cappella SATB Chamber Choir that traditionally sings at our Veteran's Day assembly.  We usually sing the National Anthem plus another piece.  However, I seem to have come to the end of my very short mental rep list of a cappella music suitable for this occasion.  Anyone out there have any ideas to offer?
Michala Martin
Replies (16): Threaded | Chronological
on August 27, 2014 7:50pm
See if you can track down a piece called "In Solemn Silence".  It's by Ipolitov-Ivanov with new words and set by Wilhousky - a real oldie.  But it's a cappella, has beautiful harmonies and the perfect text for honoring veterans.  If it's POP and you'd still like to give it a shot, let me know and I'll send you one of my copies.
on September 9, 2014 7:30am
Hi Susan.  Thank you for the idea, but it does seem to be out of print.  Any chance I could get you to fax it to me so I could look over it?
on August 27, 2014 8:03pm
These are from a hymn service about 50 years ago.  Personally, I’d go with the Billings. 
America (“My Country, ‘tis of Thee”)
Battle Hymn of the Republic by Wm. Steffe
Chester (“Let tyrants shake their iron Rods”) by Wm. Billings
God bless our native Land by Lowell Mason
I would be True by J.Y. Peek
Marching with the Heroes by H.G. Trembath
O Beautiful for Spacious Skies by S.A. Ward
O Valiant Hearts by G. Holst
Onward, Christian Soldiers by A. Sullivan
Supreme Sacrifice by C. Harris
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
on August 28, 2014 5:34am
"Chester" for sure- I had the audience sing it as part of a July 4 organ concert at St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean VA some years ago. 
You might be interested in my SATB setting of the famous poem "In FLanders Fields" by Lt. Col. John McCrea (1872-1918) who was himself killed
in W W I. About 2:30, not difficult, not yet performed. If so, please reply identifying the school or other institution which sponsors the concert,
performance venue, etc. 
If you would like to peruse three CD playlists of my best choral and orchestral works, reply directly to my email address: jjphoeix(a)
James Johnson  
Williams BA '64, Yale DMA '78, organist in Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard 1971-1991,
ASCAP, AGO, Mensa, Who's Who in America,
on August 28, 2014 6:59am
Check out the Darmon Meader arrangement of America, the Beautiful!
Applauded by an audience of 2
on August 28, 2014 9:40am
I do love that one, but we don't have the jazz ears for it quite yet.
on August 28, 2014 9:21am
Stars & Stripes Forever - arr. David Wright (as performed by ACOUSTIX)
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 28, 2014 10:26am
I have a nice arrangement of "America The Beautiful" if you like.
on August 29, 2014 5:53am
Soon to Be Released by ECS Publishing, but Available Now for Prepublication Sales
GWYNETH WALKER [b. 1947]: Sweet Freedom
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Sweet Freedom is based on music from America (My country, ’tis of thee) and words by Samuel Francis Smith (1808–1895) as adapted by Gwyneth Walker.
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on August 30, 2014 4:54am
Hymn for America
Stephen Paulus
Poem by Michael Dennis Brown
Paulus Publications, SP419
A chorale-like tune and setting, with a powerful text.
on August 30, 2014 7:56am
Hi Michala,
I have an arrangement of America the Beatiful for SATB choir - it can be sung a cappella or at the 2nd verse with piano or wind/brass band. Happy to send this to you if this is of interest.
-Jim Marvin jimnmarvin(a)
on September 9, 2014 9:31am
Hi Michala, we have 45 of IN SOLEMN SILENCE in our used library at $1.00 each if you are interested.  You can let us know at accts(a) if you are interested.  thanks, Bill
on September 10, 2014 7:27am
I would really like to play through it or at least hear it before I buy it, but this is VERY nice to know!  Do you know of any recordings of this piece?  I can't find any.
on September 10, 2014 10:40am
Hi Michala,
Two of my patriotic songs, "The Spirit of America" and "One Heart, One Voice" have been performed hundreds of times across America. Please listen to them on the home page of my website If you like either or both of them, I will be happy to send you the SATB arrangements free of charge.
Best wishes,
Hank Fellows
on September 11, 2014 8:59am
I suggest a medley of God Save the King (later changed to America, "My Country 'tis of Thee"), followed without pause by Chester.  Perhaps the first in unison and then Chester in 4 parts.  The tyranny and the American response.   "...Long too reign over us, God Save the king!   Let tyrants shake..."  
on September 15, 2014 8:46am
My choir just performed "The Race is Run" by Jay Althouse. It is very, very simple and pretty short, so if you are looking for something upbeat and/or challenging this probably isn't it. However, it was composed in remembrance of the Boston Marathon tragedy and the text worked well for 9/11 too. I think it would work for Veteran's Day. Look it up on jwpepper.
"Come the swift and the bold and brave.
Come the strong for the weak to save.
Now beneath the midday sun.
Now for all the race is run.
They come with undenying spirit, for all to see.
From grief and pain and sorrow we shall be free.
Come the swift and the bold and brave.
Come the strong for the weak to save.
Now beneath the midday sun.
Now for all the race is run."
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