Professor Frank Marion Davis (1839-1896) was an American educator, singer, and composer of both hymns and secular works. Among his secular works were a number of collections of polkas and waltzes written for solo piano. This series of works presents arrangements of a number of Davis’ compositions prepared for the instrumentation of Alford’s “Hungry Five” polka band books and serve as a fine addendum to those familiar pieces. While the clarinet parts tend to be the most active, they often feature diatonic scalar patterns. All parts should remain accessible to most intermediate-level players.
Davis’ aptly-titled “Jolly Friend” Polka (originally published in 1874) is a jovial tune with a bouncy melody that moves the clarinetists nimbly around a bit!
This downloadable PDF package contains a full score and a set of folio-sized parts that are ready to go for your German band's Oktoberfest gig!
Also available as part of the Frank M. Davis Polka Collection